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. A break-out hit at the Swiss Box Office: Most successful Swiss Film since the beginning of the pandemic.

Free at last! Alice and Peter are celebrating their retirement – and with it, a new phase in their lives. But when her best friend Magalie dies unexpectedly, Alice makes a shocking discovery: She has had a secret affair in France, for 15 years no less! Confronted with the finite nature of life, Peter is thrown into an existential crisis. To bon-vivant Alice's great chagrin, he becomes a health fanatic. And when Peter invites Magalie's widowed husband Heinz to join them on a cruise, which Alice had hoped would breathe new life into their marriage, their harmonious retirement is over. 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. Instead, she sets out to find Magalie's lover. On their separate paths, Alice and Peter eventually find not only themselves, but also a new way to spend their golden years.

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German / 92 minutes
Original title
Die Goldenen Jahre
directed by
Barbara Kulcsar
director of photography
Tobias Dengler
screenplay by
produced by
Zodiac Pictures in co-produktion with Claussen+Putz, ZDF, SRF, SRG SSR and Blue
  • Esther Gemsch
  • Stefan Kurt (FOUR MINUTES)
  • Ueli Jäggi
  • Gundi Ellert

Press Quotes

"A sensitive, profound, funny and intelligent story that provides a few helpful hints about what life in old age could still be like. All it takes is a little courage."
NZZ am Sonntag

“...surprisingly uplifting...the screenplay by Petra Volpe - "The Divine Order" - launches one surprise after another."
"Simply superb... "Golden Years" is first-rate craft on every level.“

"One of the great discoveries, a clever comedy for a large audience."
Blickpunkt Film

"A real firework of possibilities, a surprising film."
SRF Tagesschau

"Touching and refreshingly honest."

"Fast-paced and lighthearted."

"...sometimes dramatic, often funny, sometimes deliciously abstruse. Despite its lightness, the film seriously deals with what should never be lost in life: the courage for personal change."

Selected Festivals & Awards

18th Zurich Film Festival
Film Festival Hamburg
Palm Springs International Film Festival