A chronicle of the romance between Camille and Sullivan, which begins during their adolescence and picks up after Sullivan's 8-year absence from exploring the world.


Mia Hansen-Løve


Mia Hansen-Løve (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lola Créton ... Camille
Sebastian Urzendowsky ... Sullivan
Magne-Håvard Brekke ... Lorenz (as Magne Håvard Brekke)
Valérie Bonneton Valérie Bonneton ... La mère de Camille
Serge Renko Serge Renko ... Le père de Camille
Özay Fecht Özay Fecht ... La mère de Sullivan
Max Ricat Max Ricat ... Le frère de Sullivan
Louis Dunbar Louis Dunbar ... Un ami
Philippe Paimblanc Philippe Paimblanc ... Le 1er antiquaire
Patrice Movermann Patrice Movermann ... Le 2e antiquaire
Arnaud Azoulay Arnaud Azoulay ... Le frère de Camille
Amélie Robin Amélie Robin ... Amie du lycée
Justine Dhouailly Justine Dhouailly ... Amie du lycée (as Justin Dhouilly)
Charlotte Faivre Charlotte Faivre ... La chef des hôtesses
François Buot François Buot ... Le prof d'histoire


Spring of 1999: 15-year-old Camille and 19-year-old Sullivan are mad about each other. Sullivan, however, wants to go to South America for a year and this drives Camille to despair. He leaves in the fall and after a while he stops writing to her. After a suicide attempt, she ends up in the hospital. After four years she works, studies architecture and lives alone. She meets a famous architect, Lorenz, who restores her self-confidence. In 2007, Camille and Lorenz have a strong relationship. She is his assistant but she feels strong enough to set up an agency soon. She develops into a more fully formed woman, with new interests. After 7 years she sees Sullivan again. After their first meeting everything seems to go well, but a few months later the old feelings come back and her heart is torn again. Written by Wiki

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Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Lola Créton was 16 years old when the film was shot. Director Mia Hansen-Løve said it was a big deal for Lola to play nude scenes. "But what's amazing is that, when the cameras rolled, she was free and sensuous like a cat. It was as if she was discovering her own sexuality before our eyes, but, as soon as the filming stopped, she'd retreat behind sheets, clothes immediately." See more »


At around 16 minutes Sullivan is at the travel agency and he buys a flight ticket to Caracas departing from Paris Roissy (Charles de Gaulle airport) with TAP Air Portugal. This portuguese airline company does not fly from this airport but always from Orly. Even in 1999 when the movie story happens. See more »


Sullivan: Camille, you know how tough it is to sleep without you, not to see you when I wake up? I can't live without you.
Camille: Yeah, right.
Sullivan: It sucks you never believe me.
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Music for a Found Harmonium
Patrick Street
Written and performed by Simon Jeffes
published by Edition Penguib Café adm. by Termidor
Musikverlag, Germany
(P) With kind permission of Topic Records Ltd
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An effort gone wrong.
4 July 2012 | by shahroze-khan11See all my reviews

Being a fan of French cinema, Goodbye first love was a terrible disappointment. I had to witness some very abrupt cuts throughout the movie. The characteristic of female protagonist gets monotonous within just the first twenty minutes of watching which then continues for another 85 minutes. The movie lacked continuity throughout. The story which could have otherwise been presented beautifully has been treated awfully and looked more or less like a student's work which is yet to be reviewed and scrutinized by the professor. The story although based on a very common subject and not so different from many others that I've watched, lacked necessary details. There are sudden appearances and disappearances of characters(existing and new) without any necessary introduction or reason. I'm surprised as to how the producer managed to find the distributors. Not worth your time.

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Release Date:

6 July 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Goodbye First Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Ardèche, France See more »


Box Office


EUR3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,077, 22 April 2012

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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