Goodbye First Love

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Paris, Spring 1999: 15-year-old Camille is in love with Sullivan, and crushed when he decides to go on a trip to South-America. Goodbye First Love is a beautiful and unsentimental story about first love, and the challenges of moving on afterwards.

Camille (Lola Créton) is madly in love with the slightly older Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky). He has planned a trip to South-America with his friends, and is determined to go – without Camille. She finds this difficult to accept, but Sullivan is promising her that he will always love her. For a while, he is indeed sending her letters as he travels – but he then tells Camille that he wants to break up. For Camille, this comes as a shock and she becomes seriously depressed. But as most people who have experienced young love and heartbreak reassuringly know: eventually, you move on. Camille starts studying architecture and falls in love with her professor Lorenz, and they become a couple. But then, Sullivan surprisingly enters her life again.

Goodbye First Love is one of Mia Hansen-Løve's most emotionally charged films, although never drifting into sentimentality or one-dimensional romanticism of coming-of-age. A fluent and naturalistic tale, Goodbye First Love is an appreciation of love as a phenomenon in all its naïveté and complexity.


Mia Hansen-Løve is a French director and screenwriter born in 1981. She started her career as an actress, before going behind the camera for several short films. She directed her feature debut, All is Forgiven, in 2007, which was nominated at Cannes. She went on to direct several award-winning films, such as Father of My Children (2009) and Things to Come (2016).


2021 Bergman Island
2016 L'Avenir / Things to Come
2014 Eden
2009 Le Père de Mes Enfants / Father of My Children
2007 Tout est pardonné / All is Forgiven
2005 Contre-coup (Kortfilm)

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