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Goodbye First Love(Un amour de jeunesse)

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France, Germany · 2011
1h 48m
Director Mia Hansen-Løve
Starring Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Valérie Bonneton, Magne-Håvard Brekke
Genre Drama, Romance

15-year-old Camille and 19-year-old Sullivan are in love, but separate when Sullivan decides he wants to explore the world. As he travels through South America, the devastated Camille finds a new life and a new love, but what happens when Sullivan comes back into her life 8 years later? Do we ever grow out of our first loves?

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Village Voice by

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."


The New York Times by A.O. Scott

Mr. Urzendowsky, with his dark curls, fine cheekbones and sad eyes, is a very credible first love, while Ms. Créton uncannily captures Camille's resolution as well as her almost willful vulnerability.


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

Brava, Mia! The exceedingly talented Ms. Hansen-Løve (the writer-director of Father of My Children) is sure to win many more fans with her latest feature, an incisive, exhilaratingly frank examination of l'amour lost.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

Nothing is rushed, everything is given its appropriate time and place. When we watch Hansen-Løve's films, we're not only experiencing a life unfolding before us, we're also realizing what a great privilege it is to be able to do that.


Slant Magazine by Nick Schager

A poignant sense of time's unyielding forward progress and a mood of deep adolescent sorrow aren't enough to overshadow the insufferable blankness of Goodbye First Love's navel-gazing protagonists.


NPR by Scott Tobias

There are times when the title is more a wish than an action - because just as cocaine addicts are forever chasing that first high, there's always the hunger to recapture a lost feeling again, even for those who have spent years in recovery. Pity those who fall off the wagon.

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