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Goodbye First Love

Un amour de jeunesse

Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
France, Germany, 2011
Romance, Drama


Camille (15) and Sullivan (19) have a passionate affair, overshadowed by her insecurity and his need for freedom. Sullivan travels to South America in an attempt to discover himself and after a while, stops writing letters to Camille. The film portrays the romantic Camille in the following years.

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Goodbye First Love Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
I would not deny that the film works best for me when it approaches its subject more from a purely physical side, rather than when it tries to introduce some ‘theoretical comment' into its narrative; but I also believe that whatever tiny reproach one allows, it cannot overshadow the film's greatness. Goodbye First Love is, above all, a film that attempts to capture a state of mind, in all its voluptuousness and fluctuation.
March 01, 2012
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It's indicative of the director's sensitivity that every time the story moves forward a few years, the characters seem to have learned something in the interim. Their faces betray some sad or protective quality they haven't shown before. Remarkably, all of the main actors convey a decade worth of emotional development without the usual assistance of make-up or costume changes.
April 21, 2012
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[Hansen-Løve has] made a glorious, hot-cold Romeo and Juliet fable, one that conjures up the sweet agony of youthful romance with almost alchemical force.
April 19, 2012
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