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Movie Review – Bonjour Tristesse

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I’ve been in a nostalgic mood of late when it comes to films, but it’s mainly because I’ve decided to make my way through those top 100 lists you often see in film magazines. I’ve seen lots of the modern ones, but often these lists are filled with old school films, so hence I’ve been going back and checking them out. When I saw this 1957 film playing at the NZIFF, I quickly marked it down as one to see.

“Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life.”

Bonjour Tristesse was sadly a rather lacklustre and hard to connect with film. It was about rich spoilt people, living self indulgent and damaging lives, and it ended in such a downer for the characters involved that I didn't feel any pity for them. It had its moments though, and the restoration of the film looked fantastic, but not a memorable film in my eyes.
C+ From Me!!!

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