- Stuart Klawans, The Nation

"Critics’ Pick"

- The Village Voice

"As in life, humor and melancholia are simultaneously at work in this poignant essay on the impact of the past on the present."

- Filmmaker Magazine

"Perhaps My Golden Days's most noteworthy achievements lie not only in its visceral evocation of the highs and lows of adolescence and early adulthood, but also in the haunted sense of loss and regret that Desplechin leaves hanging in the air after its final, achingly nostalgic frame."

- Slant Magazine

"As evocative and convincing a portrait of youth as the best work of François Truffaut."

- The Film Stage

"An unmistakable masterpiece."

- The Nation

"Desplechin makes every sequence of a familiar story feel like nothing you’ve experienced before."

- Artforum

"A rich and literary film, full of life and warmth and sadness and humor. Written, shot, cut and performed with palpable joy and intelligence. One of Deslpechin’s best."

- Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist

"MARVELOUSLY VIVID. Rich and intensely personal. Some of the most fluid, emotionally resonant filmmaking of Desplechin’s career."

- Justin Chang, Variety

"WHAT A STORY. Touching, involving and bursting with young talent."

- Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily

"A coming-of-age movie with warmth and sympathy that all but redeems the frequently sentimental form."

- Time Out New York

"In Mr. Desplechin’s universe, young love is not something to look back on with fond amusement but the pinnacle of life experience."

- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"As evocative and convincing a portrait of youth as the best work of François Truffaut."

- Forrest Cardemenis, The Film Stage

"One of the director’s most heartfelt and accessible titles in years. A film about adolescence seen with the benefit of a kind of melancholy hindsight."

- Boyd van Hoeji – The Hollywood Reporter


- Howard Hampton, Film Comment

"JAW DROPPING. Liberated and sophisticated."

- Mark Asch, Brooklyn Magazine

"Intoxicating. Desplechin draws uniformly superb performances from his young cast, making the coming-of-age genre seem fresh and vital."

- New York Post

"An exhilarating gift. Nothing gets lost in translation as this coming-of-age tale brims over with humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance."

- Rolling Stone

"A gem."

- LA Times

"A remarkable feat"


"An intense and radiant portrayal of young love."

- The San Francisco Chronicle


MY GOLDEN DAYS is the story of Paul Dédalus, an anthropologist preparing to leave Tajikistan (played in his middle age by Matheiu Amalric). Reflecting on his life, he has a series of flashbacks starting from his childhood in Roubaix‹his mother's attacks of madness, his father's alienating depression. He remembers a student 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. He remembers University life, and returning to his hometown to party with his sister and her best friend, his shifting circle of friends and their casual betrayals. And most of all he remembers Esther, the beautiful, rude, haughty soul and love of his life.

From acclaimed filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin, director of A Christmas Tale and Kings & Queen, MY GOLDEN DAYS features stunning performances from newcomers Quentin Domaire as young Paul, and Lou Roy-Lecollinet as the unforgettable Esther. The film premiered in the Directors Fortnight of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the SACD Award.


Quentin Dolmaire
Lou Roy-Lecollinet
Mathieu Amalric

Directed by:
Arnaud Desplechin




Photo Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.