Bringing back characters from previous films and dropping them into a new milieu isn’t just reserved for Hollywood blockbusters. Arnaud Desplechin has revived Paul and Esther from his 1996 film “My Sex Life” for “My Golden Days,” and today we have an exclusive clip from the movie which took home the SACD Prize at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight last spring, and won Best Director at the recent César Awards.
Starring Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, and Mathieu Amalric, the story is told through the eyes of a middle-aged man who looks back on his youth, and as you’ll see in the scene below, his romances as well. Here’s the official synopsis:
Paul Dédalus is a middle-aged anthropologist reflecting on his youth as he prepares to leave Tajikistan. He has a series of flashbacks that unfold in three episodes. The first includes 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. He remembers University life, and returning to his home town 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. Desplechin has created an epic yet intimate portrait of youth in all its scary beauty.
“My Golden Days” opens in limited release on March 18th. Watch below.