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  • How reality can arise from a movie so clearly that it overwhelms is a rare experience
  • I like it when a specific trait or attitude or a line that seems foreign to me comes up in my head, but which I cannot recall the source of – perhaps from a book or more likely a film


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      Movies draw on snippets of reality to make us closer to life itself when we watch, to condition our minds to believe. How reality can arise from a movie so clearly that it overwhelms is a rare experience. Very few movies are able to touch on that “sweet spot”. One that does, and has left some residue on my head so I keep thinking about it afterwards is the French subtitled film Goodbye First Love. Its French working title is Une Amour de Jeunesse

      and is directed by Mia Hansen-Love.

      You’re not exactly going to find meanings of the catchword ‘love’ in the film so much as it makes a specific case of a relationship that starts out young. At 15, Camille is in love with Sullivan, to put it mildly. (I’ve seen many capricious girls named Camille in French cinema and she’s no different.) She’s unashamed to admit her love with abandon, to an extent that she despairs over it. Meanwhile, Sullivan has more important things in his life. The boy relocates somewhere and leaves Camille in Paris. From there the film turns into a modern Bildungsroman in which we see Camille develop and land a career in architecture. This epoch in her life is occupied by plain and quotidian events, like working and commuting. She’s bustling and walks most of the time. All throughout, the style the director employs has a very blank effect, but it comes across as reality itself.

      I like it when a specific trait or attitude or ...


      • Goodbye First Love by Mia Hansen-Love (2012 film)
      a line that seems foreign to me comes up in my head, but which I cannot recall the source of – perhaps from a book or more likely a film. Earlier I got into a discussion with my sisters about a friend of a friend who’s madly in love with a guy. I was going to intervene and squeeze an anecdote about a girl…only later did it dawn on me that that thought came from this movie. Funny, and, at the same time, it demonstrates
      how a particular artifact can blend into my consciousness and reality, which this movie has cunningly done.

      It shows how love can be inextricably self-serving, in that one may die hard to obtain the other’s love, when it’s really an infatuated desire, whereas the other resists it to pursue his interests. If you regard yourself a serious cineaste or cinephile, this film highly deserves a viewing. The whole time you’re waiting when the ex-couple, Camille in particular, will outgrow their love for each other. But do they?




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