Friday, May 18, 2012

Goodbye, First Love

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 [Lola Créton in Goodbye, First Love]

In the wake of there being no female-directed films in competition for Cannes' Palme d'Or this year, Un amour de jeunesse aka Goodbye, First Love by Mia Hansen-Løve hits theaters.

Through her gentle style, Hansen-Løve relates a story of a girl named Lola through a period of about eight years.  As a teen, she falls in love with a guy named Sullivan (she is a minor and he is not).  His memory continues to haunt her until his return years later.

If you caught Hansen-Løve's last film, Le père de mes enfants aka Father of My Children a few years ago, you will probably already know that she is well on her way to developing interesting and complex films.

Unfortunately the bulk of today's audience is composed of people who expect explosions; the sophisticated viewer who doesn't mind an intelligent drama will probably like this film a lot.  Keep in mind that it centers around an emotional teen girl.  Some may like that more than others.

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The only thing I can criticize has nothing to do with the movie itself: its title.  In French, it's very beautiful and poetic, literally translated as A Love From Youth.  The American title Goodbye, First Love is not only curt but gives everything away.  I usually tend to enjoy translated American titles that are closer to the meanings of the original language.



The above video is of Jacqueline Taïeb's song "Ce soir je m'en vais". It has not directly related to the movie, but is similar in its theme. Perhaps you would enjoy!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Five Films of April, 2012


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Cloclo (2012)

Saw at COLCOA, the French film festival in Los Angeles, CA.

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The Intouchables (2011)

Saw at COLCOA, the French film festival in Los Angeles, CA.

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The Story of My Life (2004) 

Saw at COLCOA, the French film festival in Los Angeles, CA. Now available on iTunes.


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L'art d'aimer (2011)

Saw at COLCOA, the French film festival in Los Angeles, CA.

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Lake of Fire (2006)

Available on DVD.