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My Golden Days

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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.


Director: Arnaud Desplechin

Executive Producer : Pascal Caucheteux

Line Producer : Oury Milshtein

Director of photography : Irina Lubtchansky

Production manager : Tatiana Bouchain

Editor : Laurence Briaud

Music Composer : Grégoire Hetzel

Costume designer : Nathalie Raoul

Assistant Director : Stéphane Touitou

Screenwriters : Arnaud Desplechin, Julie Peyr

Sound recordists : Nicolas Cantin, Sylvain Malbrant, Stéphane Thiébaut

Press Attaché (film) : Agnès Chabot

Production Designer : Toma Baquéni

Casting : Alexandre Nazarian


Quentin Dolmaire,
Lou Roy-Lecollinet
Mathieu Amalric


“THIS ISN’T ONLY A WISE AND GRACEFUL FILM BUT A GREAT ONE, with a debut performance by Lou Roy-Lecollinet that will prove to be unforgettable. I CAN’T STOP REMEMBERING SCENE AFTER VIVID SCENE.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“INTOXICATING. Film has always been especially effective it portraying what it can feel like to be in love, and "My Golden Days" is right up there with the best of them.” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times


“TERRIFIC. A TRANSPORTING MOVIE. A superb, devastating performance by Lou Roy-Lecollinet.” – Manohla Dargis, NY Times

“INTOXICATING. My best experience at this year’s Cannes festival. Anyone with doubts about the irreplaceable nature of the theatrical experience would have had them swept away by that magical night.” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times

“AN EXHILARATING GIFT. Vibrantly alive, it brims over with humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“ENCHANTING.” – Gavin Smith, Film Comment

“FASCINATING IN ITS PSYCHOLOGICALLY RICH PLOT TURNS. Lou Roy-Lecollinet’s intensity and emotional vibrancy makes an adolescent girl’s conflict newly devastating.” – Amy Taubin, Film Comment

‘ONE OF THE YEAR’S TEN BEST. Desplechin makes every sequence of a familiar story feel like nothing you’ve experienced before.” – Amy Taubin, Film Comment

“RICHLY RESONANT. The leads could not be more intelligent, passionate and ultimately poignant creatures." – Bob Strauss, LA Daily News

“TOUCHING. A sincere love for life lived and life remembered.” – Danny King, Village Voice/LA Weekly

INTOXICATING. Fresh and vital.” – Lou Lumenick, NY Post

“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

“TERRIFIC” – Howard Hampton, Film Comment

“JAW DROPPING. Liberated and sophisticated.” – Mark Asch, Brooklyn Magazine

Date for DVD release subject to change.