My Golden Days Trois Souvenirs de ma Jeunesse

My Golden Days

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A movie about looking back, in more ways than one. The film consists of the nostalgic reveries of a middle-age man who’s about to trade his globe-trotting existence for a quieter life back home in France.

Paul Dédalus (played by Matthieu Almaric as an Adult and Quentin Dolmaire as a teenager) is an anthropologist preparing to leave Tajikistan, who has a series of flashbacks that include his childhood in Roubaix, his mother's attacks of madness and his father's alienating depression.

He remembers his 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 as well as remembering Esther, the beautiful, rude love of his life.

A beautifully sensitive film, full of surprising changes of rhythm and tone.