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3.5
732 Ratings

Bonjour tristesse

Directed by Otto Preminger
United States, United Kingdom, 1958
Drama

Synopsis

Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond’s old love interest, comes to Raymond’s villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life.

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Bonjour tristesse Directed by Otto Preminger
Preminger’s mise-en-scène reaches something of an apex here, as he groups bodies into rigid formations, often sculpting physical love triangles in the ’Scope frame, never allowing the exuberant Technicolor to eclipse his lucid grip on the existential sorrow that grips these wayward souls.
June 15, 2016
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Preminger came into Bonjour Tristesse with something to prove. His previous film, an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, had been a rare critical flop, with the teenage Seberg… singled out for the harshest criticism. Seberg did not have a lot of range or experience as an actor. What she did have, however, was an unvarnished presence; even if her line readings often sound flat, they never sound less than genuine. She was eminently filmable.
October 03, 2014
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Its story is little more than a shopworn tale of Oedipal jealousy between an impressionable young girl and her philandering father, but Preminger endows proceedings with every available luxury, and via the power of cinematic decadence he transforms a work of dimestore fiction into a sweeping epic.
August 29, 2013
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