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Goodbye First Love [Blu-ray]
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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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Hansen-Love's semi-autobiographical tale has 15 year-old Camille(Lola Creton) spending a last,lingering summer in the Ardeche with her older boyfriend Sullivan(Sebastian Urzendowsky),who is about to go on a South American tour with male friends. This is full of the infatuation of 1st love, which at the time seems it will last forever, but really must be jettisoned if the balloon is to fly. Sullivan,though in love,is not quite ready for commitment. Their over-dramatized promises of suicide if the other leaves,shows a self-absorption and narrow-sightedness that has to go.
The film traverses a decade long time-span.Years later they meet up and Camille can look back with hindsight at her heartbreak and subsequent growth in this beautiful,unsentimental film. She becomes an architecture student, lives with her tutor, an older man,Lorenz( Magne Havard-Brekke),offering her stability rather than impulsiveness, whom she betrays once Sullivan reappears, following a miscarriage. This shows that despite time, nothingchanges," I'll always love you,but I don't know why."But he backs off.She lets a straw hat (Sullivan's gift) float away in a stream. The film music is brilliantly selected,ending with,'All that I have is a river," Johnny Flynne and Laura Marling's poignant song.All the music is unusual and original, adding to the film.
Sadly I have to admit the film was a huge disappointment.
Let's start with characters who are written in such a way it's hard to think of them as real persons. No motivations, no purpose, just nothing... even when they're faced with situations which have the potential to carry some importance, it's presented in such a flat fashion it's unbelievable. Single, almost mute, 5-10 second scenes like... suicide attempt, miscarriage, divorce of parents... surprisingly, carry zero emotion or impact on characters and the story, you could easily cut them out and it wouldn't make any difference.
Main relationship is so bland, empty and meaningless... I bet your grandparents have more exciting relationship than guys in this film (if it's autobiographical, I'm truly sorry for them), all they do is pretentious, melodramatic talk about how much they love each other and have sex, that's all... I'm not joking. Why are they together? What do they like about each other? Who cares...
Same with their surroundings... the city, their families... all represented in a sketchy way. They're out there, but hold no meaningful purpose.
Plot goes like this:
Sullivan loves her so much that... he has to leave her for 10 months and go for a trip to South America for no reason... obviously (Oh, and if you think we get to see South America, that's a no). Story unfolds in a glacial tempo, few insignificant things happen, and then... surprise! They meet yet again, they have sex, some more silly conversations about how much they love each other and... he sends her a letter that they can't be together. End of story.Read more ›
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This is a really sweet story of discovery and love, beautifully filmed.Published 15 months ago by Pete Creese
Fairly engaging film about first love and then growing up, moving on into adulthood. Has the usual charm of French films about love. Worth watching once but probably not again. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stephen Bishop