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Golden Years

Golden Years

Alternate Titles: Die Goldenen Jahre

Comedy | Swiss German | 91 minutes


Beta Cinema



Barbara Kulcsar


Reto Schaerli, Lukas Hobi


Petra Volpe


Esther Gemsch, Stefan Kurt, Ueli Jäggi, Gundi Ellert


Shortly after Alice and Peter's retirement party, Alice's best friend Magalie passes away suddenly. With her last breath, she asks Alice to take the letters she had hidden from her husband Heinz. Alice learns that her friend had been having an affair in France for fifteen years.

However, Magalie's death also plunges Peter into an existential crisis: much to the chagrin of Alice, who is a gourmet, he becomes a fervent health fanatic. Instead of peacefully enjoying their retirement, they find themselves drifting further and further apart. The conflict comes to a head when Peter invites the newly widowed Heinz to join them on their cruise in the Mediterranean.

Alice cherished great hopes that the trip would infuse fresh life into their marriage, but Peter spends all his time with his buddy Heinz. Disappointed and hurt, on the spur of the moment Alice doesn’t return on board during a shore excursion. Traveling on her own, Alice embarks on a journey of self-discovery and finds new ways to spend her golden years.

Barbara Kulcsar (“The Two of Us”, “Blush”) directs from a screenplay by Petra Volpe (“Heidi”, “The Divine Order”), skillfully balancing drama and comedy in an affectionate story of an elderly couple in search of happiness. With her portrayal of Alice, Esther Gemsch succeeds wonderfully in taking the audience on her universal journey between conventions and an individual lifestyle, inspiring us to align ourselves more with our individual needs.

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