Bonjour tristesse

Bonjour tristesse

“Unhappy, scheming people in gorgeous surroundings, Otto Preminger’s stylish direction, Deborah Kerr and pre-BREATHLESS Jean Seberg in Givenchy, lush color ’Scope, and expressionistic use of black and white . . . truly, what more could you want?” —Penelope B, Channel programming director

Directed by Otto Preminger • 1958 • United Kingdom
Starring Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Jean Seberg

Otto Preminger’s second collaboration with the singular Jean Seberg casts her as Cecile, a hedonistic teenager living on the French Riviera with her similarly decadent father Raymond (David Niven), an incorrigible playboy with whom she shares a curious closeness. When Raymond’s relationship with the straitlaced Anne (Deborah Kerr) threatens to upset her idyll, the possessive Cecile takes matters into her own hands. Adapted from the scandalous novel by French writer Françoise Sagan, this sumptuous melodrama combines striking color and black-and-white cinematography to create a mood of intoxicating melancholy.

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Bonjour tristesse