Goodbye First Love
|Goodbye First Love|
|Directed by||Mia Hansen-Løve|
|Produced by||Phillipe Martin
|Screenplay by||Mia Hansen-Løve|
|Edited by||Marion Monnier|
|Distributed by||Les Films du Losange|
Goodbye First Love (French: Un amour de jeunesse) is a 2011 Franco-German film directed by Mia Hansen-Løve. It was selected for the main competition section at the 2011 Locarno International Film Festival.
Paris, 1999. Camille (Lola Créton) is 15 years old and passionately in love and lust with Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky), who is 19. Sullivan is planning a 10-month trip to South America with his friends. He is not taking Camille with him, which makes her feel quite insecure and resentful. Before Sullivan departs, they spend some time in Camille's mountain home in the Ardeche, riding horses through the fields, picking berries, basking in the sun and swimming in the Loire. When they return in autumn Sullivan leaves, writing letters to Camille while she marks his route on a map on her bedroom wall.
Time passes, and Sullivan stops writing. Camille enters in a state of depression and ends up at a hospital after trying to kill herself. But she moves on with her life. In 2003 four years have gone by and Camille is an architecture student. She has moved on with her life, cut her hair, has a job, and slowly begins to fall in love with her professor Lorenz (Magne Håvard-Brekke). Camille sees in Lorenz a stable man that has his life sorted out and makes her feel secure. She begins to work for Lorenz and also suffers a miscarriage. After eight years Camille and Sullivan meet again and she finds herself caught in between her university professor whom she has developed tender feelings for and her first love, whom she has never really forgotten.
- Lola Créton as Camille
- Sebastian Urzendowsky as Sullivan
- Magne-Håvard Brekke as Lorenz
- Valérie Bonneton as Camille's mother
- Serge Renko as Camille's father
- Özay Fecht as Sullivan's mother
- "Volver a los 17" by Violeta Parra
- "Gracias a la vida" by Violeta Parra
- "Little Ticks of Time" by Matt McGinn
- "Music for a Found Harmonium" by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
- "Wasps in the Woodpile" by Andrew Cronshaw
- "The Water" by Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling
- Ardèche, France
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
- Kastrup, Amager, Denmark (sea baths)
- Paris, France
- Sanatorium d'Aincourt, Aincourt, Val-d'Oise, France
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 80% based on 50 reviews and an average rating of 6.9/10. At Metacritic, the film has a score of 80 out of 100 based on 21 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Awards and nominations
- 2011: Locarno International Film Festival: Special Mention
- 2011: Gijon Film Festival: Official Selection
- Fabien Lemercier (2010-09-06). "Mia Hansen-Love tourne Un amour de jeunesse" (in French). Cineuropa.org. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
- "Un amour de jeunesse". JP's Box-Office.
- Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 120. ISBN 978-1908215017.
- "Un amour de jeunesse (Goodbye First Love) (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes.
- "Goodbye First Love". Metacritic.