I really enjoy watching foreign films. I’ll be the first to admit though, that I often find the ending of most French indie films difficult to grasp, and My Golden Days is no exception.
I went to see this about a month or two ago when I was just itching to watch a movie. There’s an indie theater nearby where I live currently, and I thought I’d pop in to see what was playing. At the time, I had pretty much seen everything but this one. The trailer didn’t particularly capture my interest as something I’d typically watch, but I thought I’d give it a shot anyway.
At points this was difficult for me to sit through. This is one of those movies where it’s a snapshot of a character’s life. I think I read somewhere that this film was based loosely on experiences from the director’s life, but don’t quote me on that.
The story mostly revolves around the turbulent teenage romance between the two main characters, and by turbulent I mean by the end of the movie I felt pretty much done with both characters by the end of the film. The pair dealt with a lot of miscommunication, jealousy issues, and long-distance obstacles for almost the entire movie. Their failure to remain together was probably a combination of being melodramatic teenagers and having clashing personalities.
I have mixed feelings about the ending. On the one hand, I like that they concluded with a freeze-frame shot, which is an effect I don’t think I’ve seen in a movie since maybe the ’90s. On the other hand, I wish the director had provided more closure for the story.
Final Thoughts: This wasn’t really my cup of tea. The majority of the film felt like a really huge inside joke, so to speak, that I didn’t feel necessarily included in, especially by the end. I’m sure there was a significance to the ending that the audience is supposed to grasp, but I honestly couldn’t figure out what it was. I do think I would have enjoyed it better if I had. If anyone has an interpretation of the ending they’d like to provide, feel free to submit it in the comments. I would love to hear any theories/opinions.