Goodbye First Love



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Mia Hansen-Lve's third feature (after All Is Forgiven and Father of My Children) is sure to win this exceedingly talented French writer-director many more fans. At first, the movie appears to be a simple, beautifully frank romance between French teenagers Camille (Lola Crton) and Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky). But after their impassioned relationship dissolves, the perspective shifts exclusively to Camille, who we then follow over an emotionally tumultuous decade: She trains to be an architect, is romanced by her older professor and pines feverishly for her first love. Hansen-Lve and the superb Crton (making good on the promise she showed in Catherine Breillat's 2009 Bluebeard) excel at showing Camille's slow transition from fragile juvenile to functioning adult. This is how you portray adolescence onscreen.—KU

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New York Film Festival 2011

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