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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse

Fortnight 2015, Feature film, 2h03


 “I carry from my mother’s womb.
A fanatic heart.”
W.B. Yeats, The Winding Stair
Paul Dédalus is preparing to leave Tajikistan. He remembers…
His childhood in Roubaix… his mother’s attacks of madness… the bond that united him and his brother Ivan, a devout and violent child…
He remembers…
Turning sixteen… his father, the inconsolable widower… His trip to the USSR where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity to a young Russian…
He remembers himself at nineteen, his sister Delphine, his cousin Bob, the parties with Penelope, Mehdi and Kovalki, the friend who was to betray him…
He remembers his years as a student in Paris, his meeting with Doctor Behanzin, his growing vocation for anthropology…
Above all, Paul remembers Esther. She was the heart of his life.
Gently, “a fanatic heart”.


Arnaud Desplechin

Arnaud Desplechin was discovered in 1991 with his medium-length film La Vie des Morts. His first feature, The Sentinel, was chosen for the official competition at Cannes in 1997. His next film, My Sex Life (How I Got Into an Argument) revealed a whole new generation of young actors – notably Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos. In fact, it’s his rapport with actors that add an extra dimension to Desplechin’s films, with his actors regularly receiving top awards for their work in his movies: two Césars for Best Male Newcomer (Emmanuel Salinger in The Sentinel and Mathieu Amalric in My Sex Life …), César for Best Actor (Mathieu Amalric in Kings and Queen), César for Best Supporting Actor (Jean-Paul Roussillon in A Christmas Tale), and the Cannes Film Festival 61st Anniversary Prize for Catherine Deneuve in A Christmas Tale. Five of Arnaud Desplechin’s films have been in official competition at Cannes.

Lou Roy-Lecollinet
Mathieu Amalric
Quentin Dolmaire

Arnaud Desplechin, Julie Peyr

Irina Lubtchansky

Nicolas Cantin, Sylvain Malbrant, Stéphane Thiébaut

Laurence Briaud

Grégoire Hetzel

Set decoration
Toma Baqueni

Production :
Why Not Productions
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Coproduction :
France 2 Cinéma (France)

Ventes / Foreign sales :
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Distribution :
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Presse nationale / National press :
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Presse internationale / International press :
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Delphine Mayele
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Title in Original Version : My Golden Days

Press release

“Hypnotic newcomer Quentin Dolmaire” /// The Hollywood Reporter

“Deux sages, d’une jungle à l’autre” /// Le Monde

“Un enchantement permanent et un hymne à l’amour, en un mot magnifique.” /// Kinoscript

Entretien avec Arnaud Desplechin /// Première

Rencontre avec Arnaud Desplechin /// Télérama

“Un flash-back intime qui devrait séduire le plus grand nombre.” /// Paris Match

Rencontre avec Arnaud Desplechin /// Slate

“Deux débutants : Lou et Quentin” /// Le Monde

“Rarement plus bel hommage a été rendu à l’art truffaldien” /// Etudes

“Son film le plus beau et le plus émouvant” /// Le Figaro

“A marvelously vivid coming-of-age drama” /// Variety

“An odyssey of the past” /// Cineuropa

“Touching, involving and very well acted” /// Screen

“Le film qui éclipse tous les autres” /// Slate

“Superbe nouvel épisode de la vie de Paul Dédalus” /// Libération

“Un film, dont la profondeur touche par moments à une forme de grandeur” /// Le Nouvel Observateur

“Arnaud Desplechin, brought excitement to the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight” /// Rfi

Arnaud Desplechin sur France Inter /// France Inter

Arnaud Desplechin sur France Culture /// France Culture

“Un nouveau film foisonnant” /// Les Echos

“Desplechin joue aux poupées russes” /// L’Humanité

“Quentin Dolmaire. Il était une voix” /// Libération

“Un film délicieux et plein de vie porté par deux jeunes acteurs formidables et totalement touchants” /// Fred Radio

“Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse” de Desplechin : vibrant” /// Le Nouvel Observateur

“Une œuvre inspirée” /// Le Figaro