The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez

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The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez
The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Wim Wenders
Produced by Paulo Branco
Gian-Piero Ringel
Written by Peter Handke
Wim Wenders
Based on Les Beaux Jours d'Aranjuez
by Peter Handke
Starring Reda Kateb
Sophie Semin
Cinematography Benoît Debie
Edited by Beatrice Babin
Alfama Films
Neue Road Movies
Release date
  • 1 September 2016 (2016-09-01) (Venice)
  • 5 October 2016 (2016-10-05) (France)
  • 24 November 2016 (2016-11-24) (Germany)
Running time
97 minutes[1]
Country France
Language French

The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez (French: Les Beaux Jours d'Aranjuez) is a 2016 drama film directed by Wim Wenders. It is based on the 2012 play Die schönen Tage von Aranjuez by Peter Handke. It was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.[2]


On a bright summer day, there is a man (Reda Kateb) and a woman (Sophie Semin) sitting on chairs in a garden outside of Paris. All day long, they talk about life and love.



The film garnered a 14% approval rating from 7 critics, with an average rating of 3.2 out of 10, on Rotten Tomatoes.[3] Metacritic provides a score of 32 out of 100 from 6 critics, which indicates "generally unfavorable" reviews.[4]

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 2 stars out of 5, calling it "an inert and exasperatingly supercilious two-hander: self-conscious, tedious, with a dated and cumbersome theatricality, tricked out in a 3D presentation that adds nothing to its dull stereoscopic tableaux of an idealised French garden outside Paris."[5] Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter praised Virginie Hernvann's production design.[6]

Ben Croll of IndieWire gave the film a grade of D, saying, "I think it could live on as a curiosity, as an answer to the question, 'What is the most uniquely spoiler-impervious film since Andy Warhol aimed his camera at the Empire State Building and let it roll for eight hours?'.[7] Guy Lodge of Variety said, "Even for Wenders completists, the film is of mostly academic interest: an intermediate entry in the filmmaker's ongoing investigation into the possibilities of stereoscopic imagery, thus far deployed to far more vibrant effect in his documentaries than in his narrative work."[8]


  1. ^ "Venezia 73". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Venice Film Festival 2016". Deadline. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  3. ^ "The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  4. ^ "The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  5. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (1 September 2016). "The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez review – not Wim Wenders' finest hour". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  6. ^ Young, Deborah (1 September 2016). "'The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez' ('Les beaux jours d'Aranjuez'): Venice Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  7. ^ Croll, Ben (2 September 2016). "'The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez' Review: Wim Wenders Delivers the Ultimate Movie About Nothing". IndieWire. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  8. ^ Lodge, Guy (1 September 2016). "Film Review: 'The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez'". Variety. Retrieved 14 November 2017.

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