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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
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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Like Father of My Children, Goodbye First Love loosely fictionalizes lived experience in order to capture the ineffable—in this case, emotional maturation or, as Sullivan phrases it, “becom[ing] a real person.” Fittingly, it’s also a film about learning how to plunder one’s own experience to make something richer than direct memoir.
April 18, 2012
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