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Goodbye First Love (Not Rated)

French with English subtitles

French writer/director Mia Hansen-Løve (Father of My Children) returns with an acutely perceptive portrait of a bright young woman in the wake of her first romance. Fifteen-year-old Camille (Lola Créton) is a serious, intensely focused girl who has fallen in love with cheerful Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky), an older boy who reciprocates her feelings, mostly, but wants to be free to explore the world. When he leaves her to travel through South America, she is devastated. But over the next eight years, she develops 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. Hansen-Løve takes the story of a young woman's first romance and makes it into a singular experience, familiar in its broad strokes and yet so specific that it feels uniquely personal. And it's a visual treat, with an attractive cast and beautiful vistas, filled with scenes that showcase her extraordinary ability to evoke moods and feelings.