Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse

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Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.0/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Arnaud Desplechin

Stars: Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric

Paul is preparing to leave Tajikistan, while thinking back on his adolescent years. His childhood, his mother's madness, the parties, the trip to the USSR where he lost his virginity, the friend who betrayed him and the love of his life.

Writers: Arnaud Desplechin, Julie Peyr, Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric, Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric, Dinara Drukarova, Cécile Garcia-Fogel, Françoise Lebrun, Irina Vavilova, Olivier Rabourdin, Elyot Milshtein, Pierre Andrau, Lily Taieb, Raphaël Cohen, Kheifets Gregory, Clémence Le Gall, Théo Fernandez, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Quentin Dolmaire - Paul Dédalus (adolescent)
Lou Roy-Lecollinet - Esther
Mathieu Amalric - Paul Dédalus (adulte)
Dinara Drukarova - Irina
Cécile Garcia-Fogel - Jeanne Dédalus, la mère
Françoise Lebrun - Rose
Irina Vavilova - Mme Sidorov
Olivier Rabourdin - Abel Dédalus, le père
Elyot Milshtein - Marc Zylberberg
Pierre Andrau - Kovalki
Lily Taieb - Delphine Dédalus
Raphaël Cohen - Ivan Dédalus
Kheifets Gregory - Nathan
Clémence Le Gall - Pénélope
Théo Fernandez - Bob


Official Website: Official site [Japan]

Country: France

Language: French, Russian, Hebrew

Release Date: 3 Jan 2015

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Rating: 8/10

The main impression I gained about 'My Golden Days' is a bit more care could have been taken in casting the three actors who play the lead character - at least far as looks go. When we first meet him, Paul Dédalus, a French diplomat, is played by Mathieu Amalric, with his distinctive, 'lived-in' face. We then see him as a child played by Antoine Bui - who is facially so similar to Amalric they could be related. But as a young man, Paul is played by the handsome Quentin Dolmaire, who looks nothing like Amalric and Bui. If Bui didn't look so similar to Amalric this aberration wouldn't be so noticeable.

But anyway, the story: returning to France after almost a decade abroad, Paul comes to the attention of the intelligence services because someone with the same name and date of birth has been discovered in Australia. As Paul is questioned, we flashback to his childhood living with his lesbian aunt, to an eventful trip to the Soviet Union and to his student life, but most of all we examine his relationship with the captivating Esther, whom he wins over with his pseudo-intellectual gobbledy-gook.

Young Paul is that staple of French cinema, the student who spends too much time thinking. Esther is that other overly-used staple, the unhinged woman. This sort-of prequel to director Arnaud Desplechin's 1996 'My Sex Life... or how I got into an Argument' contains nothing that can't be found in hundreds of other French films. But there's good acting all around; Dolmaire and, as Esther, Lou Roy-Collinet are easy on the eye and their cast of supporting characters interesting. If I have any complaint, it's that I would have liked more - or indeed, any - explanation as to why the child Paul disliked his mother so much, and perhaps more screen time for Amalric - he appears several times in-between the flashbacks of the first third of the film, then suddenly disappears for the rest of it; it's quite noticeable. Where did he go?


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