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Goodbye First Love

Director:  Mia Hansen-Løve
Year Released:  2011
Rating:  3.0

15-year-olds Camille (Lola Créton) and Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky) are in an intimate relationship, but Sullivan decides he needs to see the world, leaving love-sick Camille behind - inexplicably, she continues to be faithful and pine for him for years while he carries on "affairs." Roger Ebert rightly refers to the Sebastian character as an "egotistical pig" - and is correct that the movie is way too easy on him - and it's clear that Camille should have moved on well before their reunion eight years later (because the man she's in love with isn't actually in love with her), even going so far as to cheat on her new boyfriend (the much older Lorenz). It's a measured, slightly frustrating but earnest film full of empathy for its lead - when the symbolic hat finally blows away at the end, one can only hope she has truly gotten over it.

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