The 2015 French drama “My Golden Days” plays at the Detroit Film Theatre this weekend.
Directed by Arnaud Desplechin, it is the story of middle-aged anthropologist Paul (Mathieu Amalric), who has returned to Paris after spending years in Tadjikstan. He is held by security at the airport on charges of possible espionage, where he has a series of flashbacks including his childhood in Roubaix, his mother’s attacks of madness and his father’s alienating depression. He remembers his trip to the Soviet Union, where a clandestine mission led him to offer his identity to a young Russian, as well as remembering the beautiful, rude love of his life. Many directors treat young love as a cliché, but here it is ennobled in all of its heartbreak, terror, and beauty. The film is a prequel to Desplechin’s 1996 movie “My Sex Life…Or How I Got Into an Argument.”
The film won a César Award for Best Director and the SACD Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is in French, Russian and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Show times are Friday, April 8 at 7 P.M., Saturday, April 9 at 7 and 9:30 P.M., and Sunday, April 10 at 2 and 4:30 P.M. Tickets are $9.50, $7.50 for members of the Detroit Institute of Arts, seniors and students. Advanced tickets may be purchased here.