UN AMOUR DE JEUNESSE
GOODBYE FIRST LOVE

DIRECTOR
Mia Hansen-Løve

SCREENPLAY
Mia Hansen-Løve

CAST
Camille: Lola Créton
Sullivan: Sebastian Urzendowsky
Lorenz: Magne Håvard Brekke

AWARDS
Special Mention – Locarno International Film Festival (2011)

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
Sundance Select

RUNNING TIME 110’
PRODUCTION France,
Germany, 2010
RATING Not Rated
GAUGE 35mm, Blu-ray, DVD

 

“Rising auteur Mia Hansen-Løve (“Father of My Children”) delivers another smoothly helmed slice of Gallic life in the decade-spanning romantic drama, “Goodbye First Love”. The film offers up the sort of casual, insightful and at times sexually candid storytelling that, if it wasn’t necessarily invented in France, has definitely become one the nation’s more prized genres. “Goodbye First Love”– whose subtler originallanguage title translates to “A Young Love” – shows how well Hansen-Løve can provide the type of sensitive, seemingly nonchalant filmmaking that was perfected by the late Eric Rohmer.”
Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter.

In her exceptional third feature, writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve shows, as she did in her previous film, The Father of My Children (2009), her talent for capturing the agony and the ecstasy of adolescence. Besotted teenagers Sullivan and Camille struggle, as all couples must, with a painful push-pull dynamic, heightened by the decision of the young man—who’s not quite ready to commit—to leave Paris and travel in South America. Over the course of eight years, we watch Camille, initially devastated by her boyfriend’s departure, emerge with new passions, intellectual and otherwise. As a heartbroken 15-year-old, Camille spirals into a paralyzing depression; gradually she grows stronger, discovering an avid interest in architecture, which she studies with an older professor who becomes her lover. Touchingly illuminating the indelible imprint that first romance leaves, Hansen-Løve’s film also explores the hard-won satisfaction of leaving the past behind.

 

 

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