The Best Years of a Life

2019 [FRENCH]


Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh82%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled50%
IMDb Rating6.7101197

Plot summary

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Top cast

Monica Bellucci Photo
Monica Bellucci as Elena
Anouk Aimée Photo
Anouk Aimée as Anne Gauthier
Jean-Louis Trintignant Photo
Jean-Louis Trintignant as Jean-Louis Duroc
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833.4 MB
French 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 30 min
P/S 2 / 10
1.67 GB
French 5.1
23.976 fps
1 hr 30 min
P/S 2 / 6

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by aleskander7 / 10

An old man and an old woman

Excellent cinematography and astounding sound & image edition (the Paris drive with a superimposition of the lovers images taken from Un homme et une femme) in a movie which makes you think about how time goes by

Reviewed by FrenchEddieFelson6 / 10

Half a century later

I admit having approached this film with a negative a priori, considering that it would probably be the tenth film in a row directed by Claude Lelouch which deserves the qualifier of « it's the film too much... again ». Strongly based on his Oscar-winning masterpiece Un homme et une femme (1966), Claude Lelouch offers us a touching and tender work and finds back this sensitivity that I thought was lost: memories and reality all intermingle and create a mesmerizing atmosphere, thanks to Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant, both outstanding and moving. Moreover, Anouk Aimée is still gorgeous. As a synthesis: 5/6 of 10.

Reviewed by lucdrouin7 / 10

Twilight of two gods and of a love story

A year ago, I saw Un homme et une femme, 20 ans déjà (1986), a sequel of Un homme et une femme (1966). As much as the latter film was a masterpiece, so much the former was frankly disappointing, bad, never to be looked at to not destroy the magic of A man and a woman. I was therefore very apprehensive about this new sequel.

Fortunately, with Les plus belles années d'une vie (2019), Claude Lelouch did not miss his shot. We quickly fall under the spell felt by viewing A man and a woman. Trintignant and Aimée are now 88 and 86 respectively. Trintignant's character is impotent, body and mind. Aimée's character is vibrant and wants to remain so. The characters are rejuvenated by frequent flashbacks, just enough, not too much. They make little escapades that are sometimes dreams, sometimes real outings; it's an existence in the context of a retirement home. But the warmth of their love pierces the screen. If they were 20, maybe 10 years younger, they would relive their embrace in room 26 of a certain hotel in Deauville. Old, they have the chance to relive their love for the last segment of their existence.

We loved A man and a woman because in that film done with no budget and with a single hand-held camera, we were deeply attached to characters who lived a love story that was simple and sublime at the same time. We love The Best Years of a Life because, with emotion, we remember that attachment.

And we realize with equal emotion that Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée are probably playing in their ultimate film, on a twilight background. Jean-Louis and Anouk, we love you.

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