My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse)

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My Golden Years is a complex, well-acted coming-of-age drama.



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The story centers on Paul Dédalus, an anthropologist preparing to leave Tajikistan, who has a series of flashbacks that include his childhood in Roubaix, his mother's attacks of madness and his father's alienating depression. He remembers his trip to the USSR, where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity for a young Russian, whom he considered a phantom twin for the remainder of his life as well as remembering Esther, the beautiful, rude love of his life.

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Quentin Dolmaire
as Paul Dédalus (adolescent)
Mathieu Amalric
as Paul Dédalus (adult)
Cecile Garcia-Fogel
as Jeanne Dédalus
Olivier Rabourdin
as Abel Dédalus
Elyot Milshtein
as Marc Zylberberg
Lily Taieb
as Delphine Dédalus
Raphaël Cohen
as Ivan Dédalus
Clemence Le Gall
as Pénélope
Théo Fernandez
as Bob, Paul's Cousin
Eve Doe-Bruce
as Prof. Behanzin
Irina Vavilova
as Mme Sidorov
Eric Ruf
as Kovalki (adult)
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  • Two beautifully modulated central performances and an accomplished sense of pacing are undone by the weary drone of familiarity in this lovelorn French melodrama from the writer-director Arnaud Desplechin.

    Mar 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Don't be put off by the subtitles - this is one of the great modern teen movies.

    Mar 15, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Desplechin's film-making language is always fluent and rich.

    Mar 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The easiest way to describe "My Golden Days" is as a coming-of-age romance, but Arnaud Desplechin's film, with its memories and carefully nursed grudges and moments of heartbreak and betrayal, feels weightier than that.

    Apr 14, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The details - some funny, some intensely painful - of Paul and Esther's relationship over the years have a cumulative power that isn't diminished by a few loose ends.

    Apr 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Desplechin draws uniformly superb performances from his young cast, making the coming-of-age genre seem fresh and vital.

    Apr 8, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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