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344 Ratings

My Golden Days

Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse

Directed by Arnaud Desplechin
France, 2015


The film revisits the childhood of Paul Dedalus, the protagonist of Desplechin’s My Sex Life… Or How I Got Into An Argument (1996), who also featured in A Christmas Tale (2008).

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My Golden Days Directed by Arnaud Desplechin

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2015 | Winner: SACD Prize (Directors' Fortnight)

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best International Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | Nominee: Most Anticipated of 2016

It made a very strong impression on me when I first saw it at AFI Fest late last year. I recall that it evoked the high of first love without resorting to screenwriting clichés or trite visuals, that it riffed on the tangled nature of memory and formally reflected that concern in its editing in ways that brought to mind Alain Resnais, and that in its totality it imparted a real sense of the mass and heft of lived experience.
January 06, 2017
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Not entirely impeccable, but as sharp and moving a portrait of the irrational splendors of young love as I’ve seen in a long time.
December 27, 2016
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Desplechin makes a point of having Paul mention his double in the final scene, but the last-second effort at synthesis feels ad hoc—were the first and second sections removed, nobody unaware of the fact would sense their absence… A superlative First Big Romance picture to which unrelated reminiscences cling like barnacles.
October 15, 2016
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