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Golden Years movie review & film summary (2024)

Simmering at the heart of “Golden Years” is the way that traditional notions of matrimony and life can suck the soul out of living — how decades of compromise can leave two people stuck together despite having nothing else in common. Blessedly, while Alice is the one more actively getting her groove back (complete with encounters from other older Europeans with more, let’s say, elevated perspectives on sexuality and fidelity), Kulcsar doesn’t forget about Peter’s more modest aspirations, as he and the quiet Heinz find their own cozy, domestic equilibrium together. Both want to spend their last days in their own ways — Peter by running away from death, Alice by running towards life — neither of which is compatible with the other. 

“Golden Years” moves through these forked journeys at an extremely casual pace, which can make the whole thing feel more than a little insubstantial. After all, at the end of the day Peter and Alice will be materially fine, and the sunny cinematography and Carsten Meyer’s cloying, Casio-heavy score do little to make Alice’s late-in-life sexual rumspringa feel all that vital. At the end of the day, these characters simply don’t have any real problems, and it can be aggravating to see folks hem and haw about their futures amid their elegantly furnished Swiss homes. (Even Alice’s bohemian son, who takes her in after an angry Peter kicks her out for leaving him on the cruise, hosts his nightly Tinder hookups in a decidedly cozy bungalow.)

But what wins out are the performances, which pack plenty of pathos within such charming, frail packages. Gemsch, in particular, is soulful and gorgeous as Alice, a church mouse who throws herself into the hedonism she spent her life avoiding like a duck to water. The way she peels back Alice’s layers of repression inch by inch, from the uptight housewife in Act 1 to the relaxed, liberated person she becomes in the closing minutes, is the film’s primary magic trick.

“There are other options than marriage or solitude,” a character tells Alice late in the film. This is where “Golden Years” finds its most invigorating footing, especially as it zigs where most late-life romantic dramedies zag. Instead of treating bisexual flings or trips to a “socio-feminist collective” as temporary detours on a road that leads back to monogamy, Volpe’s script dares to ask its characters whether they owe it to themselves to let go of old ways of thinking and find something that works for them. It’s frothy and insubstantial, but at least takes its central idea — life’s too short, start a polycule — seriously enough to be charming.

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