Golden Years

by Barbara Kulcsar

Reminiscent of Bread And Tulips, Barbara Kulcsar directs the affectionate story of an elderly couple in search of happiness with humor and a light touch, inspiring us to look for individual solutions aside from stern conventions.

Shortly after Alice and Peter‘s retirement party, Alice‘s best friend Magali dies of a stroke. With her last breath, she asks Alice to take the letters she had hidden from her husband Heinz. Apparently, she had been having an affair in France for 15 years. However, Magali‘s sudden death also plunges Peter into an existential crisis: he becomes a fervent health fanatic. Even before their retirement, their domestic bliss was already starting to be tested, and now they are drifting even further apart. The conflict comes to a head when Peter invites the newly widowed Heinz to join them on their cruise, their retirement present. Alice had great hopes that the cruise would infuse fresh life into their marriage, but now Peter spends all his time with Heinz. Disappointed and on the spur of the moment Alice doesn't return on board during a shore excursion. Traveling on her own, Alice discovers completely new ways to spend her golden years…

Genre / Language
Drama / German
Original title
Die Goldenen Jahre
directed by
Barbara Kulcsar
director of photography
Tobias Dengler
screenplay by
produced by
Zodiac Pictures in Koproduktion mit Claussen+Putz, ZDF, SRF, SRG SSR und Blue
  • Esther Gemsch
  • Stefan Kurt (FOUR MINUTES)
  • Ueli Jäggi
  • Gundi Ellert