Goodbye First Love (15)

Mia Hansen-Love , 110mins. Starring: Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowksy

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Mia Hansen-Love follows up her superb Father of My Children with this partly autobiographical account of her early romantic travails.

Lola Créton plays Camille, a 15-year-old girl so intensely in love with her boyfriend that she makes herself ill. Years later, she's a project manager with an architectural practice and in a relationship with her boss when – zut alors! – the boyfriend reappears in Paris, and the flame's not gone out.

Hansen-Love directs in a placid, matter-of-fact way that's not very sexy nor particularly revealing; it's also a pity that the sidelong wit of her previous film has been mislaid. It may be true to the romantic experiences of her youth but as dramatic re-creation it's inert.