Goodbye First Love (15)

Un amour de jeunesse

Goodbye First Love

From the archive

This film was last shown on 17 May 2012

In the Paris winter of 1999 Camille is 15, Sullivan is 19. Although they love each other passionately, Sullivan wants to go travelling in South America for a year - a plan that fills Camille with despair. At the end of the summer, Sullivan leaves and a few months later he stops writing to Camille, leaving her heartbroken.

Fast forward four years and Camille is fully devoted to her architectural studies. She meets a well-known architect, Lorenz, who restores her self confidence. She falls in love with him. It is then that Sullivan once more crosses her path and she realises she never stopped loving him. Camille, her heart now divided between the two loves of her life, must decide what to do next.

Mia Hasen-Løve returns following the critically exclaimed Father of My Children with the the equally impressive Goodbye First Love. Loosely auto-biographical in style, the film deals with what Hasen-Løve has described as the “defining and central” part of her adolescence. The blooming of first love, subsequent heartbreak and renewal are portrayed with a simple directness of style which nevertheless allow the complexity of emotions to be given full range. Lola Créton (Bluebeard), playing the central character of Camille, gives an incredibly subtle performance capturing Camille’s growth into maturity and personal liberation.


Please note: the screening at 11am on Monday 14 May is a Kino Bambino parent and baby screening.


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Mia Hansen-Love
110 mins
French | German | Danish
Lola Creton, Magne Havard-Brekke, Sebastain Urzendowsky


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