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Cinephile Screening “Belle Epoque”

16 May 2023: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

199204 – Certificate 15

– Belle Epoque –


Oscar-winning comedy drama. Spain 1931: Fernando, a deserter from the King’s army, meets an eccentric artist, Manolo, who invites Fernando back to his country house. When it is time for Fernando to leave. Manolo takes him to the Madrid train, which is bringing his four daughters for a visit. One by one the daughters alight from the train, each more fetching than the last, and when the train pulls out Fernando cannot bring himself to get aboard. He stays behind and Manolo, understanding everything, invites him back to the house again.

Fresh from the seminary, Fernando, who is initially naive and even prim, finds himself the sole male in a rural “La Ronde”, bewitched by first one daughter and then another, while old Manolo looks on benevolently; he would obviously not mind welcoming this young man into the family.

In Spanish with Sub-titles

Running Time 108 mins

Ratings Info 4 – 5 Stars

Director(s) Fernando Trueba

Cast includes Penélope Cruz, Miriam Díaz-Aroca, Gabino Diego, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Michel Galabru, Ariadna Gil, Agustin Gonzalez, Chus Lampreave, Mary Carmen Ramírez, Jorge Sanz, Maribel Verdú

Certificate  15

Nominations & Awards25 wins from 40 nominations including Oscar for Best Foreign Film


The Eden of pre-Civil war Spain is handsomely photographed by José Luis Alcaine, combining the period panache of Merchant Ivory with the sting of a Berlanga or Buñuel.

A deceptively sharp satire on religion, politics and family morality.

Washington Post

This light-hearted Spanish comedy suggests a Mediterranean “Tom Jones” directed by Jean Renoir. On one level, it’s a bedroom farce about the joys of passionate, bucolic union between the sexes.  But it’s also a tender and humanistic saga, punctuated with amusing digs at church, marriage and politics.

Radio Times

Although the romantic entanglements involving army deserter Jorge Sanz and the four bewitching sisters hold centre stage, the film is stolen by Fernando Fernan Gomez as their anarchist, artist father.

Roger Ebert

Manolo’s underlying happiness warms the entire film

Here is a film so inviting you would love to sit in the sun with old Manolo and his friend the priest, and talk about the great matters of life. And about his daughters.


A sweet, gentle, uncomplicatedly sensual movie that established the keynote to Cruz’s own sexuality on screen.

How to book

Advance booking and payment to reserve places is politely requested. Tickets are £7 and £5 for students.

Online booking and payment can be made by clicking below.


    Cash payment can be made by depositing cash at 6 Teeton Road, Ravensthorpe, NN6 8EJ in an envelope marked with your name and the film. To confirm that you will be paying by cash please:

    • email cinema@rvhall.online  
    • or telephone Mike & Mo Cobbe on 01604 328822


    16 May 2023
    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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