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Goodbye First Love 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars (13) IMDb 6.6/10

A chronicle of the romance between Camille and Sullivan, which begins during their adolescence and picks up after Sullivan's 8-year absence from exploring the world.

Starring:
Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowsky
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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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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Wonderful film - saw it on TV and liked it so much I had to get a copy so my husband could watch it - he liked it too. Very emotionally intelligent as well as being beautiful to watch. I then bought the Director's first movie on the strength of it (Father of my Children) but didn't like that one at all.
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In Goodbye First Love, director Mia Hansen-Love,never films the past as the past but always as the present. She doesn't heavily demarcate different stages of a relationship,time's like a flowing river. When do you let go of the past ,can you? The actors have always to be present in the scene, to be in the moment, not think about the past. She appears to draw from her two young lovers a naturalism of performance. There's a hint of Eric Rohmer's romances about this tender,youthful,optimistic love story,especially that shown in the Ardeche region.

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.
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Loved this film.Lead actress was just right,a really special film with a good choice of background songs especially 'little ticks of time' by Matt McGinn and 'The Water' Laura Marling. Caught part of this film on BBC4 and had to buy it to see it right through, really glad I did.
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Well, when I saw the title of this film, I was intrigued, I thought it could be worthwhile, after all, who doesn't have great memories of their first love, right?

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.
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