Tribeca Film today announced they they're acquiring U.S. rights to Marion Vernoux's "Bright Days Ahead" ahead of its North American premiere tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, based on Fanny Chesnel's novel "A Young Girl with Gray Hair" and starring the iconic Fanny Ardant, was released in France earlier this year.
Here's the synopsis, per Tribeca:
In "Bright Days Ahead" Caroline (Fanny Ardant) has retired, at last. A new life lies before her: time to take care of her children, of her husband, and -- above all -- herself. She soon comes to realize that this new freedom is synonymous with boredom and idleness. Especially when she receives a membership to her neighborhood’s senior club as a birthday present. Reluctant at first, she decides to take the plunge. Oddly enough, she meets great people there, starting with the young computer science teacher, who is far from insensible to her charms. Caroline will gradually take control of her life again and live a second youth taking a new lover, living new experiences, breaking the rules, not doing what’s expected of you. Who said that retirement was the beginning of the end and not a new beginning?
"'Bright Days Ahead' is the kind of engaging adult drama we rarely get to see," said Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer Tribeca Enterprises. "Fanny Ardent, one of the icons of French Cinema, plays a woman of a certain age rediscovering herself, her sexuality and her zest for life. In a role that seems made for her, Ardent’s performance soars with sensuousness in captivating romance that is both real and gratifying."