Belle Epoque (1992) Olive Films Blu Ray Review

Posted February 7, 2018 by in Drama

Rating

Our Score
 
 
 
 
 

3.5/ 5

Length: 109 minutes
 
Release Date: 1992
 
Studio: Olive Films
 
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Pros:

A lush looking movie with a nice HD transfer.
 

Cons:

No special features on the disc. The film itself isn't particularly amazing.
 
Verdict

Synopsis: A 1931 Spanish military deserter finds himself on a lonely farm until the farmer’s four daughters pay a visit and he falls for all of them.   Review: In the process of deserting his post, young soldier Fernando (Jorge Sanz) is captured by two bickering national guardsmen. As his two captors bicker over what […]

by david j. moore
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Synopsis:

A 1931 Spanish military deserter finds himself on a lonely farm until the farmer’s four daughters pay a visit and he falls for all of them.

 

Review:

In the process of deserting his post, young soldier Fernando (Jorge Sanz) is captured by two bickering national guardsmen. As his two captors bicker over what to do with him, one of the guards shoots the other, killing him in a hasty and rash decision that he instantly regrets. The remaining guardsmen turns the gun on himself and commits suicide out of guilt, leaving young Fernando alone, but in a terrible position that could get him blamed for the deaths of both men. Fleeing to the countryside, he ends up in a small Spanish town and in the company of an elderly man named Manolo, who takes a shine to him and removes his handcuffs. Manolo knows Fernando is a deserter, but he doesn’t care, and so he agrees to let him stay with him for the night and then will take him to the train station the next morning and send him wherever he wishes to go. The morning comes and they’re at the train station when Manolo’s four beautiful daughters – Rocio (Maribel Verdu), Violeta (Adriana Gil), Clara (Miriam Diaz-Aroca), and Luz (Penelope Cruz) – arrive at the station, and seeing the incredible potential of staying in town with Manolo and his daughters, Fernando stays on, much to the delight of the four young women who see him as their plaything, each in the turn. Fernando tries romancing them all, and he inevitably falls in love with each one for lusting after him in their way, and thus the lives of everyone in Manolo’s house is changed because of the young guest who is staying with them.

 

A lush looking film from Spain, Belle Epoque won the Oscar for best foreign film in 1992. It is a political commentary set in 1931, presenting a country on the brink of civil war, but it’s also a light-hearted romantic drama. It’s not especially profound or delightful, but it has some memorable moments and it ends on a poignant, sober mood. The performances all around are solid. From director Fernando Trueba.

 

Olive Films has just released a nicely transferred blu ray of Belle Epoque. It’s presented in its original 2:35:1 aspect ratio in a strong looking HD transfer, with optional English subtitles, but no special features are included.

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david j. moore

david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor's Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars.