An intoxicating ode to romance and youthful coming-of-age, My Golden Days is a prequel to Desplechin’s debut, My Sex Life… Or How I Got into an Argument (1996). When Paul Dédalus returns to France after living in Tajikistan for several years, he is detained at the airport and questioned by the police. It transpires that a Russian with the same name died in Australia. This news provokes a recollection of three memories from Paul’s youth—his childhood with his eccentric mother who died young and his apathetic father; an eventful school trip to Russia with a secret; and, most passionately, his first love, Esther—all which resonate with the present.
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