Mia Hansen-Løve’s exquisite second feature of the romantic chronicle continues with Camille and Sullivan’s love tale. Intended to sweep you over your feet, “Goodbye First Love’ may be categorized with a number of romantic films, but it is surely worth more. Camille (Lola Créton) is just 15 years old and happens to be passionately and lustfully in love with Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky). The young couple is met with disapproval from both their parents and worst of all, Sullivan isn’t taking Camille along. He will go and then come back to the love of his life after exploring the world. Hansen-Løve’s love taste isn’t the least bit interested in rehashing any familiar tropes. She begins the tale with a blast of unbridled zeal and ends it with a note-perfect needle drop. With her version of romance, you will surely believe that romance is a glimpse of volcanic passion. It comes with pain and a cool experience follows those that taste it. Lastly, it plays a major role in what people finally become. The film generally received favorable reviews and was also selected for the main competition at the Locarno International Film Festival.
Goodbye First Love (2011)
Artists are always lost in a world of their own. Maybe that is prerequisite for being the great creators of art that they are. The film ‘Something in the Air’ lets us get a feel for the life, the ambition and the aspirations of a young French artist, Gill Played by Clement Metayer. He is a man who lives life according to his own terms and his terms are very clear: art, peace, and love. His apartment reflects the physical chaos he would like to stay in: the paintings are strewn all over, the colors, the papers all spread out and nothing else can be seen in there, well that’s the chaos behind the artist’s beautiful creations. But destiny doesn’t always follow our heart’s desire. The company of his friends and his trip to Italy coerces him to be involved in the brawls and violence. To add to the pandemonium, he realizes that he has fallen in love with a girl called Christine. He would rather enjoy his creativity and his new found love, but he gets involved in violence and disharmony. The film has been directed under the expertise of Olivier Assayas. It is not a surprise that it was shortlisted for the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival. The film was also accredited with the best screenplay award.