In "Bright Days Ahead," which also stars Patrick Chesnais and Laurent Lafitte, she's Caroline, a dentist who has recently retired, and who is married to another dentist (Chesnais), with two daughters and grandchildren. Retirement has left her at a loose end, and one of her daughters gives her a membership to a senior center, Bright Days Ahead. When she learns it offers computer classes, she begins attending them, since she has been having trouble with her home computer. Before long, she's involved in an extramarital affair with the 40-ish computer consultant (Lafitte), and taking all sorts of risks.
"I love the character," says Ardant. "We are not completely conventional, conformist. She has a good husband and good daughters; she is not poor or desperate. But she still decides to have a life of her own. And then she realizes that the old life was good."
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