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Goodbye First Love captures teen ardor with a patiently naturalistic approach, further proving writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve is a major talent to watch.
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"Goodbye First Love" is fascinating.
Hansen-Løve films with an eye toward discovering and rediscovering these characters in pure moments of simple, poignant humanity - wading in a river, clambering over rocks.
"Goodbye First Love" is like a postcard from a lost Eden, a painfully pure oasis where we're not allowed to linger.
Writer-director, Mia Hansen-Løve, whose third feature this is, has addressed her subject with complete emotional confidence.
This is an easy movie to spoil. It's rather plotless. But things happen in precisely the way that life happens.
The unromantic pain and euphoria of love are instantly revived in this outstanding film.
Relying on a mixture of rich, pastel-shaded imagery and organic symbolism, Goodbye First Love is full of complex scenes which burn on a translucent fuel of hidden meanings.
Effectively extends the range of one of France's most notable young directors - besides reminding those of us who once suffered the pangs of teenage love that we're very well out of it.
This film conveys the impermanence of youth by playing up another basic fact that movies take for granted: that the images you see in a theater are constantly disappearing before your eyes.
Love hurts. Especially when you're 15.
I can respect the director for the effort, but it felt too much like a self important student film.
The first half, with its woozy romanticism, is spectacular, but it begins to lose its way.
Hansen-Løve is a very talented director who knows how to tell a simple yet poignant story in a way that always rings true and real, and it relies on a beautiful cinematography and a surprising pair of actors who even make their perfectly affected romantic lines sound natural.
"Goodbye First Love" starts with Sullivan(Sebastian Urzendowsky) going on a condom run, while his girlfriend Camille(Lola Creton) patiently waits for him to return. But things are not all hot sex and puppy dogs for this young couple, as Sullivan has left school, intending to go on a prolonged trip of South America, for which he has sold a beloved engraving to finance. While he is gone, all Camille can do is wait for letters and trace his progress on a large map.
"Goodbye First Love" is an evocative, thoughtful and intimate drama from Mia Hansen-Love about young love. As such, the movie neatly counters the melodramatics of youth by pointing out that the world does not stop with the end of a romance, however passionate. As time goes on and the years pass, so does life with its unexpected twists and turns. This is especially important to remember for a character who at first glance might seem more than a little needy which could be worrisome to some. But then no teenager has all the answers nor should they.
"Coup de foudre", which literally means "thunderbolt", is a beautiful French expression for love at first sight. And if there's anything the French should know, it's the fundamentals of romance. Au contraire, Goodbye First Love is rather the exception that confirms the rule.
In Mia Hansen-Løves simplistic melodrama we meet turtle doves Camille and Sullivan. Initially, in their lust-filled adolescence with sex as the focal point. She, with the dream of a long-lasting relationship. He, considerably more reckless, as he pledges his eternal love, only to move with his friends to South America moments thereafter.
The emotional climate that ensues is an exhaustingly dull subsistence with Camille in the abyss of melancholy. The pseudo-empathic Sullivan reports of his adventures with letters from abroad, but after a while they stop coming. Years go by. Camille meets someone new. But just as she turns over a new leaf, her shaggy-haired first love returns to her life again, with additional heartache to follow.
I appreciate simplicity and unpretentious narratives, but that also requires that I'm captivated by the characters. Sullivan can be immediately discounted with his condemnable selfishness. Camille I do suffer with, but when her qualms are mostly composed of milk-and-water platitudes, you wish in vain that the theatre seat came outfitted with a fast-forward button.
There's world-voyaging, moped-riding, berry-picking in picturesque locales. Yet, Goodbye First Love, in its entirety, feels destinationless. A postcard from a place which, albeit photogenic, has little to offer beyond its quasi-meditative (but overall yawn-inducing) tranquility.
Delightful take on innocence and newly discovered feelings, fine performances from the leads.
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