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Goodbye First Love: movie review

French indie 'Goodbye First Love' leaves one wondering why she didn't dump the guy earlier.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / April 20, 2012

Camille (Lola Créton) and Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky) in Mia Hansen-Løve's 'Goodbye First Love.

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"Goodbye First Love," a French film from writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve, is about the first stirrings of romance, and it made me appreciate again the similarly themed and far better American indie "Like Crazy."

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Serious-minded 15-year-old Camille (Lola Créton) falls for the older and more footloose Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky), who loves her, but loves even more exploring the world on his own. She overcomes her disappointment and finds strength in a new relationship, but, of course, Sullivan is waiting in the wings.

Hansen-Løve wants us to experience all this as a kind of amour fou, but all I kept thinking was that Sullivan was a prize jerk and Camille would be well rid of him. Grade: C (Unrated.)

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