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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
GOODBYE FIRST LOVE
(UN AMOUR DE JEUNESSE)
Special Jury Prize Cannes Film Fest
Best Feature Chicago Intl Film Fest
"Beautifully honest and psychologically astute... When we watch Hansen-Løve's films, we're not only experiencing a life unfolding before us, we're also realizing what a great privilege it is to be able to do that" -Los Angeles Times
"Subtle and perceptive" -NPR
Critics' Pick! "[The film] examines, with compassion and clarity, a young woman’s discovery of passion and also of the pain, disappointment and partial wisdom that follow" -New York Times
"The unromantic pain and euphoria of love are instantly revived in this outstanding film" -Guardian UK
"Poignant, bittersweet, and true" -Onion AV Club
"Hansen-Løve is a born filmmaker: in her work, every cinematic device feels tied to a distinct emotional response...As a result, it's hard to write about her films without resorting to generic platitudes or plot summaries, both of which fail to convey the richness of her art" -Chicago Reader
"Fascinating" -Roger Ebert
Celebrated French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve returns to the screen with
Goodbye First Love, an acutely perceptive portrait of a bright young woman
facing the challenges of her first romance. Fifteen-year-old Camille (Lola
Créton) is a serious girl who has fallen in love with the cheerful Sullivan
(Sebastian Urzendowsky), an older boy who returns her feelings, mostly, but
wants to be free to explore the world. He adores her but remains enigmatic;
while she lives for their moments together, he is looking to his future.
When he leaves her to travel, she is devastated, but develops over the
following years, into a more fully formed woman, with new interests and a
new love. However, when Sullivan suddenly reappears in her life, Camille is
torn between her two loves, as Hansen-Løve details the movements of
Camille's mind, her growing sense of responsibility, and her enlarged
emotional understanding of the world from adolescence and adulthood.
Hansen-Løve's follow up to her award-winning The Father of My Children (Le
père de mes enfants) is filled with scenes that showcase her extraordinary
ability to evoke moods and feelings. Touchingly illuminating the indelible
imprint Hansen-Løve's film explores the intoxicating, overwhelming and often
cruel effects of a first love, with beautiful and thoughtful insight.
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve, France/Germany, 2011, 35mm, 110 mins. In French, Danish and German with English subtitles.