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My Golden Days

The lazy-minded will call this a coming-of-age drama, but it's the exact opposite: the hero (Mathieu Amalric), a French anthropologist living in Tajikistan, looks back on his teenage years with angst and disappointment, as if he's never really gotten past them. Writer-director Arnaud Desplechin, reviving the Paul Dédalus character from his 1996 success My Sex Life . . . or How I Got Into an Argument, lets the late-80s flashbacks take over the narrative, and they trace a complex romantic journey between the teenage Paul (Quentin Dolmaire) and a classmate (Lou Roy-Lecollinet), whom he manages to take away from a stronger guy (getting his ass kicked in the process) but then alienates as pain over his mother's death a few years earlier overpowers him. An adventurous and psychologically acute storyteller (A Christmas Tale, Jimmy P), Desplechin presents the high schoolers' relationships with an adult complexity, from which the grown-up Paul seems to stand back in awe.

Credits

Director:

  • Arnaud Desplechin

Cast:

  • Quentin Dolmaire
  • Lou Roy-Lecollinet
  • Mathieu Amalric
  • Dinara Droukarova
  • Françoise Lebrun
  • Irina Vavilova
  • Olivier Rabourdin
  • Elyot Milshtein
  • Pierre Andrau
  • Lily Taieb
  • Raphaël Cohen
  • Clémence Le Gall
  • Théo Fernandez
  • Anne Benoît
  • Yassine Douighi
  • Eve Doe-Bruce
  • Mélodie Richard
  • Eric Ruf

Producer:

  • Oury Milshtein

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