A young woman discovers how hard it can be to move past the joy and pain of her first serious romance in this drama from writer and director Mia Hansen-Love. Camille (Lola Creton) was a naïve 15-year-old when she first met Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky), a handsome young man of 19. Camille immediately fell deeply in love with Sullivan and she was convinced she'd found the relationship of her lifetime. However, while Sullivan cared for Camille, he wasn't ready to spend the rest of his life with her and he broke up the relationship to spend the better part of a year exploring South America. A heartbroken Camille suffered a nervous breakdown, and for years afterwards she found it hard to fully commit herself to a man. Eventually, a more mature Camille falls for Lorenz (Magne-Havard Brekke), a college professor she meets while studying architecture. With Lorenz, Camille finds herself in a satisfying relationship with a man who respects her, but her happiness proves short-lived when Sullivan reenters her life. Un Amour de Jeunesse (aka Goodbye First Love) received its North American premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Slow-moving French film that follows the lives of teenagers and first loves Camille and Sullivan into early adulthood. Camille can be a needy character which isn't likeable for me but she is very believable as a love-lorn teen who adores and suffers for her boyfriend Sullivan who is a bit of a bohemian who decides he wants to quit school and travel overseas despite Camille's pleas for him to stay in France. It's about 2 kids who's lives (and love) cross paths and then go down different paths, only later to meet again to ponder that love, what they meant to eachother, and that life, does in fact, go on. Yet the heart never forgets. Excellent soundtrack. Loved the music so much in this movie.