For his latest feature, director Arnaud Desplechin mines some very relatable territory: The intersection and influence of the past on the present and, in turn, on the future. In “My Golden Days,” Desplechin takes this idea to some logical extremes, utilizing flashbacks and unexpected memories and the insertion of younger characters into their elder selves’ presents. For Paul, played in his adult years by Mathieu Amalric, the past is a living, breathing thing, and one that is seemingly impossible to ever fully escape.
That concept is on full display in a new clip from the film, which seamlessly weaves together adult Paul, teen Paul and a whole mess of uncomfortable memories.
The film’s official synopsis tells us: “‘My Golden Days’ is the story of Paul Dédalus, an anthropologist preparing to leave Tajikistan (played in his middle age by Matheiu Amalric). Reflecting on his life, he has a series of flashbacks starting from his childhood in Roubaix, his mother’s attacks of madness, his father’s alienating depression. He remembers a student 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. He remembers university life, and returning to his hometown to party with his sister and her best friend, his shifting circle of friends and their casual betrayals. And most of all he remembers Esther, the beautiful, rude, haughty soul and love of his life.”
Check out our exclusive clip above and just try not to reflect upon your own early (perhaps golden?) days. Reminiscing, ain’t it a beast.
“My Golden Days” will open in limited release this Friday, March 18.