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Goodbye First Love
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve • 2011 • France, Germany
Starring Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Magne-Håvard Brekke
Fifteen-year-old Camille (Lola Créton) is a serious girl who has fallen in love with the cheerful Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky), an older boy who returns her feelings, mostly, but wants to be free to explore the world. When he leaves her to travel, she is devastated, but develops over the following years into a more fully formed woman, with new interests and a new love—and the possibility that she’ll be less defenseless when Sullivan enters her life again. Mia Hansen-Løve’s achingly tender portrait of teenage heartbreak showcases her extraordinary ability to craft a story familiar in its broad strokes yet so personal and specific that it feels utterly singular.