Saltwater screens ‘Belle Epoque’

Feb 14, 2014
A teenage Penélope Cruz, center, charms in “Belle Epoque.”

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library will host the Saltwater Film Society screening of “Belle Epoque,” an award-winning 1992 film directed by Fernando Trueba, Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m.

A young Spanish soldier named Fernando has deserted the army and finds a place to stay with an old man in the country. The old man has four daughters, whom the young Fernando falls in love with and woos as he becomes more and more intent on marrying. Each daughter, however, has a drawback that makes her seem less appealing: the eldest is a recent widow seeking solace; the second is attracted to Fernando only when he is dressed in female attire; and another seeks money and security. The youngest, played by Penélope Cruz, is naïve and becomes angry and jealous as Fernando's indecisiveness increases.

The comedy received the Goya Award for Best Film and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The title comes from a period in French history known as The Beautiful Era.

Screenings take place in Room 200 of the library, located in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. Parking and handicap access are in the rear of the building. For more information about the Saltwater Film Society, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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