Un amour de jeunesse (Goodbye First Love) 2012

Goodbye First Love

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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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A 15-year-old (Lola Créton) discovers the joys and heartaches of first love with an older teen (Sebastian Urzendowsky), but in the ensuing years, cannot seem to move past their breakup.

Cast & Crew

Magne-Håvard Brekke
Lorenz
Valérie Bonneton
Camille's Mother
Serge Renko
Camille's Father
Ozay Fecht
Sullivan's Mother
Max Ricat
Sullivan's Brother
Mia Hansen-Løve
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Mia Hansen-Løve
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Stéphane Fontaine
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Marion Monnier
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Elsa Pharaon
Casting
Mathieu Menut
Production Design
Charlotte de Cadeville
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Critic Reviews for Un amour de jeunesse (Goodbye First Love)

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (9)

  • 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.

    July 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "Goodbye First Love" is fascinating.

    June 28, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Hansen-Lve films with an eye toward discovering and rediscovering these characters in pure moments of simple, poignant humanity - wading in a river, clambering over rocks.

    June 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/4
  • "Goodbye First Love" is like a postcard from a lost Eden, a painfully pure oasis where we're not allowed to linger.

    May 25, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director, Mia Hansen-Lve, whose third feature this is, has addressed her subject with complete emotional confidence.

    May 11, 2012 | Full Review…
  • This is an easy movie to spoil. It's rather plotless. But things happen in precisely the way that life happens.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Un amour de jeunesse (Goodbye First Love)

  • Sep 19, 2015
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2013
    "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.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2012
    "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, <i>Goodbye First Love</i> 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, <i>Goodbye First Love</i>, 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. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mikes-Movie-Reviews/281824101875153?ref=hl
    Mike S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2012
    Delightful take on innocence and newly discovered feelings, fine performances from the leads.
    hawk l Super Reviewer

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