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Goodbye First Love [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Magne-Håvard Brekke
  • Directors: Mia Hansen-Løve
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French, German, Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007Z3OBM8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,369 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Following the critically acclaimed Father if my Children, Mia Hansen-Løvereturns with the equally impressive Goodbye First Love.  Loosely auto-biographical in style, the film deals with what Hansen-Løve has described as the defining and central part of her adolescence.  The blooming of first love, subsequent heartbreak and renewal are portrayed with a simple directness of stye which nevertheless allow the complexity of emotions to be given full range. Lola Créton (Bluebeard), playing the central character of Camille, creates an incredibly subtle performance allowing the audience to embrace our protagonists growth into maturity and personal liberation.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Magneto on 16 Sep 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
After reading several positive reviews for this film I was looking forward to watching it, however, I was left disappointed. I thought that Lola Créton - playing lead character Camille - was good, and there's some really nice cinematography throughout the film, but ultimately I just didn't find it that engaging. I think a major part of the problem comes from the actor who plays the object of Camille's affections - Sebastian Urzendowsky, playing Sullivan. Not only did his character seem two dimensional, but he is also lacking in any on-screen charisma. This makes it hard for the viewer to empathize with Camille's feelings when he leaves for his trip, causing her subsequent unhappiness. It's still an ok film, just not as good as I expected. I would suggest renting before buying.
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The French make great movies. I can't ever imagine seeing a British movie like this so stripped down, raw and real with such an enigmatic ending. The film has stunning cinematography and three excellent leading actors. I would have preferred it if the focus had been on Lola Creton's character the entire way through instead of placing unnecessary emphasis on the boyfriend early on and for too long. I would recommend this to people who love real cinema. If you want a movie where people constantly talk for absolutely no reason then this isn't for you as it's thankfully short on dialogue. If you have teenagers I would highly recommend it to them for the honesty of its character portrayals/human emotions/sexual and emotional awakening.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By danclay77 on 14 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
A lovely film and a surprisingly sweet story. Would recommend to those who like rom-coms or romance dramas. Seems like the French really are romantics!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Much better than all these poor reviews will have you believe 31 Dec 2012
By Paul Allaer - Published on
Format: DVD
I was recently browsing the foreign movie section at my local library here in Cincinnati and fell upon this movie. When I noticed on the DVD jacket that this is from the same director (Mia Hansen-Løve) who brought us "The Father of My Children", which I loved, I immediately snapped this up.

"Goodbye First Love" (original (and much better) title "Un Amour de Jeunesse"; 2011 release from France; 110 min.) brings us the story of two teenagers, Camille (played by Lola Créton) and Sullivan (played by Sebastian Urzendowsky), who are madly in love, but Camille, being only 15, is a bit too clingy for Sullivan's liking. When Sullivan decides some time later to travel South America for 10 months, Camille is devastated and becomes outright depressed. In the beginning of his travels, Sullivan frequently writes to Camille, but that stops as well eventually. Camille needs to move on with her life, and eventually gets involved with Lorenz, an older guy (her architecture teacher at the local college). Will Camille and Sullivan eventually reconnect? Or has she found true happiness with Lorenz? To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing pleasure, you'll just have to seen for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: this movie was quite different from what I had expected, in the sense that this is so much more that a teenage love drama. In fact the movie is set over a period of almost a decade, and when Sullivan leaves for South America, we're not even half-way into the movie and it feels like the movie is just then really finding its legs (in that sense, pulling a "Psycho", in that one of the main characters disappears before the halfway point of the movie). After I saw the movie, and before posting this review, I took a look at some of the other reviews on here and I was taken aback by the mostly negative comments about this movie. Maybe it's just me but I enjoyed this quite a bit and it had no trouble keeping my attention from start to finish, in fact I couldn't wait to find out how it would play out. Director Mia Hansen-Løve has done it again, after delivering with "The Father of My Children". Kudos as well for lead actress Lola Créton, who throws herself completely into the role of Camille. She is a young talent, the last of which I am sure we have not heard and seen yet. If you are in the mood for a quality foreign film, I can easily recommend "Goodbye First Love" without hesitation.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
This is love? 6 July 2012
By Whitt Patrick Pond - Published on
Format: DVD
Goodbye First Love (Un Amour de Jeunesse) is a French film about a young woman's relationship with her first love over a span of eight years, supposedly based on director/writer Mia Hansen-Løve's own experience. I say supposedly because the relationship portrayed strains the most minimal credulity even when considered that it's being seen through the distorted lens of romantic memory. To be fair, the film did garner a certain amount of critical praise in some circles. But for me, it was more than a bit of a reach.

Before I get to the plot, I will say one very positive thing about Goodbye First Love - it has some of the most beautiful cinematography of any film I've ever seen. Stéphane Fontaine, the cinematographer for this film, is a master of the use of natural light in photographing everything from the actors to the settings to the background scenery, making the film at once both breathtakingly beautiful while seeming completely natural on a level rarely seen in film. If you can put up with the inanity of the script, Fontaine's work here is a thing to behold, the kind of work film students would want to study and possibly emulate. If it wasn't for this, I would've rated it two stars, tops.

The film begins with two young lovers, Camille (Lola Crèton), a 15-year-old high school student, and Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky), a college student, engaging in leisurely idyllic sex. Camille is totally infatuated with Sullivan, but while Sullivan talks about love, he is actually getting ready to drop out of college and go adventuring in South America with some friends. Without Camille. But of course until that moment comes, he still wants sex. The film moves along - very very slowly, pacing is a definite problem here - until finally Sullivan leaves. No parting scene, he's just gone. Camille pines, the promised letters turn out to be postcards, and the postcards soon dwindle to nothing. Camille eventually gets over Sullivan, enters college where she studies architecture and becomes involved with one of her professors, a much older man named Lorenz (Magne-Håvard Brekke), eventually moving in and setting up domestically with him, and even wanting to have a baby with him. And then Sullivan shows back up in her life and wacky hijinks ensue. Except that this isn't a comedy.

If it sounds like I'm not taking the film seriously, it's because I can't. What we're being asked to swallow is simply too ludicrous to be granted credulity. *** Warning: spoilers follow. If you don't want to know, skip this next three paragraphs ***

First, we're asked to believe that Camille at 15 is deeply in love with Sullivan, who admittedly is something of a hottie but who's also completely selfish and self-absorbed. He breaks dates with her because he decided to go to a party he'd heard about, never bothering to ask her along. He's utterly indifferent to Camille's feelings about his upcoming leaving. And he very obviously only uses words of love to get sex, his frequent refrain being "Can't we just have sex?" Okay, not a problem. At 15, lots of girls fall for a cute face or body and vague assurances of love, even when the guy's a complete jerk. But it's the stuff that comes after that makes you quit believing what you're being told. Sullivan leaves - again, with no real goodbye - and promptly loses interest, not even sending a post card after a couple of months. Years pass, Camille supposedly gets over him and grows more mature, enters college and becomes a brilliant architecture student, and then gets involved with Lorenz, her much older professor who apparently is quite devoted to her. She moves in with him and supposedly loves him enough that at one point she gets pregnant by him, wanting his child. But then one day she runs into Sullivan's mom, and finds out that not only has Sullivan moved back home, that he's been there for three years and never once tried to get in touch with her. Is she angry? Even a little bit? No. Instead, she wistfully gives Sullivan's mom her phone number "in case Sullivan wants to call."

So of course Sullivan calls, and she meets up with him. In spite of her love for Lorenz, who happens to conveniently be out of town. And Sullivan knows from the moment he sees Camille that sex is going to happen. Both make the expected professions - "We can't... we shouldn't..." - but in no time at all are hot and heavy all over each other. Not only does Camille end up having sex with Lorenz, she has sex with him in the building she's remodeling with Lorenz's team and then in Lorenz's own house! All the while insisting that she loves Lorenz. That's love? Cheating on the man you profess to love by having sex not only frequently but in just about every space you share together? For a guy who left you eight years ago and never once bothered to get in touch with you when he got back?

And then, just when it seems like she's going to continue cheating on Lorenz after he gets back, making plans for a trip to visit Sullivan in the town where he lives with his mother, Sullivan abruptly dumps her yet again, saying he can't bear the love he feels for her and so is ending it. Except that he says he will look her up again someday, in the future when they're both "ready" to follow their love. Which we know really means when he feels like having sex again. And all through this, Camille keeps alternating between professions of love - for Sullivan and for Lorenz - and moony, moody interludes, showing, as the immortal Dorothy Parker once put it, "the gamut of emotions from A to B." And Lorenz remains blissfully clueless throughout. Oh, and Camille loses a hat Sullivan gave her, letting it symbolically flow away in a stream. The end.

An additional problem with Goodbye First Love is that it is supposedly taking place over a period of about eight years, and yet nobody in the film seems to age even the slightest. Camille and Sullivan look exactly the same in their mid-to-late teens as they do eight years later in their mid to late 20's. If you weren't told that that much time had passed, you'd have no way whatsoever of knowing that it had. Some critics have praised this as an artistic device. To me, it just further erodes the film's credibility, another self-indulgent gesture on the director's part in what seems to have been an overall exercise in self-indulgence. You watch and keep watching in the hope that eventually it will all mean something, but it never does. Goodbye First Love isn't a bad movie per se; it's just frustrating and ultimately disappointing.

Recommended for the superior cinematography - and for people who think love means never having to even think about saying you're sorry... or growing up - but not much else.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful love film - far from any exaggerated Hollywood kitsch 2 Feb 2013
By Fanny - Published on
Format: DVD
Reading all these negative reviews about the film made me pretty sad. It shows a deep lack of understanding of the film and is probably also due to the mental approach from a totally different angle. Despite the overflow with US-Amercian productions, Europe, especially France, has been able to preserve its cinematographic culture more or less. Europe seems to be one of the few places left, where films are made for the sake of cinematics - not for the sake of their potential box-office takings.

"Un amour de jeunesse", the original title of the film, is one of the most beautiful love movies that I've ever seen. It perfectly portrays the power and fragility, the evanescence and eternity of young love, the love itself being as ambiguous and torn between extremes as young lovers, young people are.
The beauty consists in the authenticity and naturalness of both the screenplay and the actors integrated in their environment.
This film is very unpretentious and therefore probably odd to an audience which is used to factory-fabricated pieces from the Hollywood production line. It doesn't judge, there is not "the good" and "the bad guy". You won't find any Cinderella clichés confirmed and the ending doesn't correspond to a "happy-people-sit-together" or "there-is-a-solution-for-everything" scene.

People who seek for "cream-coloured silver screen tartlets" won't see their desire for mass customized, straightened and brightly polished entertainment satisfied.
However, all those who are able to look beyond the edge of the DVD case, will fall in love - with this film.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What does this movie teach anyone? 9 Feb 2014
By Mark Twain - Published on
A friend had suggested I share the movie with my 16 year old whose boyfriend, after a year, decided that he didn't want to be in a relationship any more. He wanted his freedom. And of course my daughter was devastated even though I was quite happy about the breakup. Why? Because of several reasons. 1. These things always end the same way in high school even though it's part of growing up. 2. I want my daughter to concentrate on her courses for university.

To the point. Not sure who this movie was made for. Was it made for girls who lost their first love under stereotypical circumstances to a fickle and feral boy? Was it made for older men who take advantage of mentor positional circumstances by pursuing a much younger girl? Was it teaching guys that girls can also be insincere and have affairs while in a relationship?

Although the movie had fairly decent acting and wonderful cinematography, the theme is better left to adults in those roles. Who would dare want their daughter to see this movie with the hope of teaching them something? I'd be afraid my daughter would bring home a guy that would be old enough to be her father.

And yes, I know, it's just a movie. But I have to wonder what the writer's intent was or if there was one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Young love - very romantic 10 Feb 2014
By Eileen - Published on
I really liked this movie. It captured all of the joy and heartbreak of growing up and losing your first love. The intense broody girl falls in love with the carefree funny boy. It was a very nicely done movie and was not slow and boring as some foreign movies are. This cast of this movie was great and it was very easy to believe that they were two kids in love. Overall it was a very enjoyable watch and is a great movie for Valentine's day with your first love.
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