Paris, 1979. Young and innocent Rose (Galatea Bellugi) and Michel are living their first love story to the fullest. Their haunt is Le Palace, the hippest club in town where artists, celebrities and freaks feast and dance the night away. There they meet Lucille (Isabelle Huppert) and Herbert, a rich, decadent, bourgeois couple who suck them into a bizarre love square.
Une jeunesse dorée is once again autobiographical and a spiritual sequel to Ionesco’s first feature My Little Princess (2011) which also starred Huppert. She recreates the glitzy, wild parties of her youth and delivers an eerie, fur-and-velvet-upholstered coming-of-age story where the young are enlightened, tried out and consumed by wolf-like adults. Graced with the sexiness of 1960s Brigitte Bardot and the kitschy appeal of Mae West, actress Galatea Bellugi is dressed fashionably and in sheep’s clothing in this fairy tale written with lipstick traces and make-up.

International title
A Golden Youth
Filmmaker
Eva Ionesco
Premiere
International premiere
Country
France, Belgium
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
111’
Language
French
Producer
Marie-Jeanne Pascal, Mélita Toscan Du Plantier, Genevieve Lemal, Damien Couvreur, Julien Rouch
Production Company
Macassar Productions, Scope Pictures, Diligence Films
Sales
Be For Films
Writer
Eva Ionesco, Simon Liberati
Cinematography
Agnès Godard
Editor
Basile Belkhiri, Julie Dupré
Production Design
Katia Wyszkop
Sound Design
Paul Maernoud, Ingrid Ralet, Olivier Guillaume
Cast
Isabelle Huppert, Galatéa Bellugi, Melvil Poupaud, Lukas Ionesco, Alain Fabien Delon, Nassim Guizani, Judith Zins