Golden Years


The Main 5 Mon, Apr 17, 2023 7:20 PM
Pop's Art Theater Rochester Sat, Apr 22, 2023 2:30 PM
The Main 1 Mon, Apr 24, 2023 1:20 PM
Film Info
Original Title:Die goldenen Jahre
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Release Year:2022
Runtime:91 min
Language:Swiss German
Print Source:Music Box Films
Director:Barbara Kulcsar
Producer:Reto Schaerli
Lukas Hobi
Cinematographer:Tobias Dengler
Screenwriter:Petra Volpe
Editor:Wolfgang Weigel
Composer:Carsten Richter
Principal Cast:Esther Gemsch
Stefan Kurt
Ueli Jäggi
Gundi Ellert


Free at last! Alice and Peter are celebrating their retirement – and with it, a new phase in their lives. But when Alice’s best friend dies unexpectedly, Alice makes a shocking discovery: Magalie had a secret affair in France. Meanwhile, Magalie’s death throws Peter into an existential crisis: he becomes a health fanatic to the chagrin of bon-vivant Alice. The final straw comes when Peter invites Magalie’s widowed husband Heinz to join them on the cruise that Alice had hoped would breathe new life into their marriage. On the high seas, Peter only spends time with Heinz. Disappointed and hurt, Alice decides not to return to the ship during a shore excursion in Marseille. Boasting a clever script by Petra Volpe (The Divine Order) that allows for individual solutions rather than conventional ones, and directed with comic panache by Barbara Kulcsar, Golden Years has been the most successful Swiss film since the beginning of the pandemic. –Alissa Simon

Director Biography

Born in 1971 in Zurich, Barbara Kulcsar studied acting in Budapest, sociology and film studies at the University of Zurich and then film at Zurich University of the Arts. She is the director of numerous television films and the features Zu zweit (2010) and Die goldenen Jahre (2022).