My Golden Days

Friday, April 8 | 5:30 & 8 pm

Saturday, April 9 | 5:30 & 8 pm

Sunday, April 10 | 5:30 pm only

Thursday, April 14 | 5:30 & 8 pm

A loose prequel to Arnaud Desplechin’s My Sex Life. . . or How I Got into an Argument (1996), My Golden Days is a cerebral, lushly romantic meditation on the formative and destructive power of first love. Returning to France from Tajikistan, anthropologist Paul Dédalus (Mathieu Amalric) reflects on defining moments from his childhood in Roubaix and his student days in Paris. Structured around a series of episodic flashbacks, the film offers glimpses of Paul’s difficult relationship with his depressive parents and an eye-opening trip to the USSR, before detailing his passionate, star-crossed romance with brazen, self-possessed Esther. Gilding the narrative with stylistic flourishes and self-conscious artistic and literary references, Desplechin—director of 2008’s A Christmas Tale—moves deftly between genres, combining elements of the family melodrama, espionage thriller, teen comedy, and epistolary romance. At once intimate and expansive, exuberant and solemn, My Golden Days imbues the remembered pains and pleasures of youth with great immediacy and emotional significance.

Read Curator Michael J. Anderson’s blog for more on My Golden Days.

Director Arnaud Desplechin 2015 France 124 minutes NR DCP

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