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Goodbye First Love (2011)

Un amour de jeunesse (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 6 July 2011 (France)
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A chronicle of the romance between Camille and Sullivan, which begins during their adolescence and picks up after Sullivan's 8-year absence from exploring the world.

Director:

Mia Hansen-Løve

Writer:

Mia Hansen-Løve (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lola Créton ... Camille
Sebastian Urzendowsky ... Sullivan
Magne-Håvard Brekke ... Lorenz (as Magne Håvard Brekke)
Valérie Bonneton Valérie Bonneton ... La mère de Camille
Serge Renko Serge Renko ... Le père de Camille
Özay Fecht Özay Fecht ... La mère de Sullivan
Max Ricat Max Ricat ... Le frère de Sullivan
Louis Dunbar Louis Dunbar ... Un ami
Philippe Paimblanc Philippe Paimblanc ... Le 1er antiquaire
Patrice Movermann Patrice Movermann ... Le 2e antiquaire
Arnaud Azoulay Arnaud Azoulay ... Le frère de Camille
Amélie Robin Amélie Robin ... Amie du lycée
Justine Dhouailly Justine Dhouailly ... Amie du lycée (as Justin Dhouilly)
Charlotte Faivre Charlotte Faivre ... La chef des hôtesses
François Buot François Buot ... Le prof d'histoire
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Spring of 1999: 15-year-old Camille and 19-year-old Sullivan are mad about each other. Sullivan, however, wants to go to South America for a year and this drives Camille to despair. He leaves in the fall and after a while he stops writing to her. After a suicide attempt, she ends up in the hospital. After four years she works, studies architecture and lives alone. She meets a famous architect, Lorenz, who restores her self-confidence. In 2007, Camille and Lorenz have a strong relationship. She is his assistant but she feels strong enough to set up an agency soon. She develops into a more fully formed woman, with new interests. After 7 years she sees Sullivan again. After their first meeting everything seems to go well, but a few months later the old feelings come back and her heart is torn again. Written by Wiki

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Lola Créton was 16 years old when the film was shot. Director Mia Hansen-Løve said it was a big deal for Lola to play nude scenes. "But what's amazing is that, when the cameras rolled, she was free and sensuous like a cat. It was as if she was discovering her own sexuality before our eyes, but, as soon as the filming stopped, she'd retreat behind sheets, clothes immediately." See more »

Goofs

At around 16 minutes Sullivan is at the travel agency and he buys a flight ticket to Caracas departing from Paris Roissy (Charles de Gaulle airport) with TAP Air Portugal. This portuguese airline company does not fly from this airport but always from Orly. Even in 1999 when the movie story happens. See more »

Quotes

Camille: Let's go pick our room.
Sullivan: Not bad. Perfect.
Camille: It's the kids' room. Why not take one that's more spacious?
Sullivan: To avoid searching for you in the bed.
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Connections

Featured in MsMojo: Top 10 Movies About Young Love (2018) See more »

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Paddy Ryan's Dream/Mama's Pet
Performed by Seamus Tansey with Reg Hall
Music and Words: Traditional
(P) With kind permission of Topic Records Ltd
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I would never understand...
21 July 2014 | by hhnd_2002See all my reviews

...how a boy loves his girlfriend so much, thinks about her every day, yet leaves her for an eternity, knowing that it will break her heart, without thinking twice.

As if unaware of her suffering (though in fact he is), he talks about being with other girls (while still thinking about her). Yet love is just that, it's incomprehensible, and any attempt to explain, to rationalize it is a futile effort. It's easy to judge the character Sullivan as an irresponsible adolescent who just had it too good and went off to search for hardship in an attempt to ward off boredom (in English there's a word for people like him, I think it might be "jerk"). Yet one can't deny that he indeed loves Camille, probably as much as she loves him, if love can be measured, but just in an entirely different way. Just like what the two of them had come to terms with when they were reunited that the only thing they can agree on is that they always disagree, the ways they think, live, and even love, is the two polarizing ends of the spectrum. As viewers, it's easy to judge Sullivan, yet Camille never does. She takes him for who he is, she understands and accepts his actions as best as she could, while of course being unable to bear the emotions that any "normal" person would feel being dumped for no reason, out of nowhere, for an unknown period of time.

But maybe, just maybe, Sullivan just didn't know what to do with the kind of love they had for each other, when he himself didn't know who he was, what he wanted to do, what he wanted from life. Extremely selfish, yes. Despicable? Hardly. Everyone has the right to "discover" themselves on their own, yet still not lose the person they love. Of course that's not exactly how life works, and many young people in fact experience the same ending for their first love. When they were old enough to love, and too young to know what to do with it. Yet it is difficult to forget, once you have loved.

Yes, the movie is slow and nothing happens (that you weren't able to predict). If that's not your cup of tea, please go watch something exciting, because life sure isn't.


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Release Date:

6 July 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Goodbye First Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Ardèche, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,077, 22 April 2012

Gross USA:

$95,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$514,913
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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