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Goodbye First Love 2011 15

110 mins France Director. Mia Hansen-Løve

Young love is a popular plot in romantic cinema, but where it’s often mined for laughs, Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) treats the subject with seriousness, sensitivity and subtlety. Beginning with the flush of love between students Camille (Lola Créton) and Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky), Love follows this fragile first relationship as it flits and fades amid the vagaries of youth, alongside Camille’s subsequent relationship with an older professor, Lorenz.

With its emphasis on naturalistic dialogue and deeply analysed relationships, Goodbye First Love is clearly following in the tradition of the French New Wave (and Eric Rohmer in particular), but Love balances her focus on her characters’ interior states with some glorious photography of the French countryside, giving the sense of a newly vibrant world awakened to the besotted.

Cinephiles will find further intrigue with the theory that Love may have based some of the story on her experiences with her partner and mentor, the director Olivier Assayas.

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Directed by

Mia Hansen-Løve

Featuring

Magne-Hávard Brekke

Sebastian Urzendowsky

Lola Créton

Genres

Romance Drama

Collection

French Cinema The Power of Love Love The Female Gaze

Certificate

15 Contains sexualised nudity

Released

2011

Country

France

Language

English

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