Belle Époque (film)  

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Belle Époque is a 1992 Spanish film directed by Fernando Trueba. The title derives from the period French history known as the Belle Époque ('The beautiful Era').


The year is 1931. Spain is politically divided between republicans and royalists and on the verge of the Spanish Civil War. Fernando, a young soldier, deserts his duty. He befriends Manolo, an old man with a large house in the country. Fernando meets and is enchanted by Manolo's four daughters, Rocio, Violeta, Clara and Luz. Each of the first three is beautiful, and represents a different aspect of feminine sexuality; the youngest, an ugly duckling, represents naïveté;. As he meets each of the first three one by one, he falls in love and has sex with each of them, determining to marry but with each one a complication arises. Heartbroken each time, the father of the girls encourages him to have patience. Meanwhile, Luz, the youngest gets angry with jealousy but eventually Fernando realizes that the best one to marry would be her.

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