The gorgeous new romantic drama from Mia Hansen-Løve (Father of My Children) is a personal story of love, loss and the tender memories from youth that can never truly be erased.
Un amour de jeunesse
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Cast: Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Magne-Havard Brekke
Duration: 110 mins
Country of Origin: France

MMature themes, nudity and coarse language

★★★★
“A winner. An exquisitely observed tale of adolescent love that is tender, empathetic towards its youthful characters, and acutely attuned to that time of life when l’amour is most intense… Told with sensitivity and emotional depth.”
Lynden Barber, ABC LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

★★★★1/2
“Dazzling. Gloriously romantic and erotic, an echo of every first-love story.”
Scott Murray, THE AGE

★★★★★
“An incisive, exhilaratingly frank examination of l’amour lost. This is how you portray adolescence onscreen.”
Keith Uhlich, TIME OUT NEW YORK

“A great film. Achingly beautiful. Stayed with me long after the end credits. A star-making lead performance.”
Mike Goodridge, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

The gorgeous new romantic drama from rising talent Mia Hansen-Løve (Father of My Children) is an unashamedly personal story of love, loss and the tender memories from youth that can never truly be erased.

Spring, 1999. Camille (radiant newcomer Lola Créton) is 15 years old and head-overheels in love and lust with Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky), a brooding, husky-voiced boy four years her senior. Too young to be jaded or even realistic about love, the long-haired, open-faced Camille takes her first relationship extremely seriously, but Sullivan wants to go to South America for a year. In autumn, he leaves her.

2003: Four years have passed. Camille studies architecture and lives on her own. On a trip to Denmark, she slowly falls for her eloquent professor, Lorenz (Magne-Håvard Brekke). In many ways he offers her what Sullivan couldn’t: stability and a future. But theirs is a rapport constructed on reason more than unbridled passion, and when Sullivan reappears a few years later, Camille finds herself caught between two loves…

Touchingly illuminating the indelible imprint that first romance leaves, Hansen-Løve again proves herself a master of delicate emotional terrain. City and country, classroom and office, bedroom and open field provide the landscape for this honest and memorably rewarding cinema experience.

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