The title of French transitioning dramatization “My Golden Days” initially named “Trois trinkets de mama jeunesse,” or “Three Memories of My Youth” at the same time is and isn’t a genuine appraisal of Paul Dédalus’ recollections of puberty. As a grown-up, Paul (Mathieu Amalric) reviews his past in sections—or so he says. Since Paul’s recollections are displayed as three independent, narratively inconsequential fragments, “My Golden Days” principally concerns Paul’s high school sentiment with Esther (Lou Roy-Lecollinet).
Indeed, Esther and Paul’s relationship consumes the film: the other two “recollections” that Paul reviews are moderately slight tales, stories that give a convincing, yet inessential backstory for Paul (played by Quentin Dolmaire when Paul is 19 years of age). This is the main indication that the film’s American name can’t be entirely trusted.