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Goodbye First Love

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2011
  • Mia Hansen-Løve
  • 105 mins
  • 15

Summary

Romantic drama starring Lola Créton and Sebastian Urzendowsky. Fifteen-year-old Camille is having an intense relationship with Sullivan when he decides to drop out of school and go to South America with his friends. It's a painful separation but Camille moves on to pursue a career in architecture and later falls in love with a Norwegian divorcee. Then Sullivan re-enters her life and their passion is re-ignited.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Mia Hansen-Løve considerably enhanced her burgeoning reputation with a third feature that is firmly rooted in the traditions of French art cinema. The loudest echoes emanate from Eric Rohmer and Philippe Garrel, but it's also possible to detect the influence of François Truffaut and Jean Eustache in a subtly scripted saga that turns around Lola Créton's decade-long rite of romantic passage from giddily lovesick 15-year-old to sadder, wiser 20-something. Hansen-Løve isn't afraid to resort to melodramatic contrivance and often comes close to tipping the balance with some of her more fanciful symbolism. But she always ensures the emotional authenticity of Créton's response to being jilted by long-distance letter by first boyfriend Sebastian Urzendowsky and then reuniting with him after miscarrying her child with Danish college professor Magne-Havard Brekke. The insights into loss and healing are sentimental, but sensible, while the use of Stéphane Fontaine's camerawork to convey the contrasting personalities of the restless Urzendowsky and the dependable Brekke is inspired.

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Credits

Cast

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CamilleLola Créton
SullivanSebastian Urzendowsky
LorenzMagne Brekke
Camille's motherValérie Bonneton
Camille's fatherSerge Renko

Crew

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DirectorMia Hansen-Løve

Details

Released on
2012-05-04
Languages
English | German | French | Danish
Guidance
Swearing, nudity
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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