New in Theaters: ‘Goodbye, First Love’

There are few filmmakers working today with the ability to both drill deep into primal emotions and maintain an artful perspective on their wracking turmoil; France’s Mia Hansen-Løve is one of them. In Goodbye, First Love, her ode to the foolish obstinacy of young love, writer/director Hansen-Løve shows — in bright colors and dark, gusting squalls — what it is like to be swept away by overwhelming, and often unrealistic, feelings. Certainly, her teenagers and young adults here flirt not just with each other but with extreme ridiculousness. But it’s a ridiculousness that’s universally understood…

Goodbye, First Love is playing now in limited release. You can read my full review at filmcritic.com.

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