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- kevin sellers
I realize that David Niven, Deborah Kerr, and Jean Seberg are about as French as two kippered herrings and an Iowa pork tenderloin, but they are such good actors and Preminger's direction casts such a decadent European spell over the viewer that roughly ten minutes in you cease to care. Wonderful, heartbreaking stuff. Definitely an A. P.S. My favorite scene, of course, is the conga dance at that open air club. You can feel the night time summer breeze from the Mediterranean.
Mesmerizing Film. Exquisite!
- Joella Lyndon
The message of this film is age old: the futility and vacancy of the frivolous jet setters. Every time this movie is on I can't help but watch it. The filming takes place in Saint Tropez, France. Spectacular cinematography. I take a mental vacation when I see those French Riviera vistas and dream of staying in one of the vacation villas along the coastline. Jean Seberg was the perfect fit for this character. Yes she continues the well deserved reputation of being robotic and one dimensional but Otto Preminger uses her Vulcanish (Trekkie lingo) personality and that ADORABLE hair style to give the film a trendy, continental flavor. She is still THE most gorgeous actress of all time! Stunning. I was disappointed Jean Seberg did not receive top billing but I guess Deborah Kerr was handed it due to the box office flop of Miss Seberg's Saint Joan. David Niven is the predictable go-to Euro-sophisticate playboy choice as Jean Seberg's father. Deborah Kerr was annoying as the meddling almost step mother who appears out of the blue to complicate Jean Seberg's life. Elga Anderson came off as 'the dumb blonde' and not very funny. So I watch this film for the spectacular French scenery, the special 1958 era in which the movie was masterfully made and especially to adore Jean Seberg . . . an extinguished life ultimately destroyed by those who hated her honesty and passion . . . RIP dear, beautiful Jean.
- luis andrade
For me everything is magical in this movie,OTTO's touch quite diferent from the book (too simple compare to the film),the south of France,Deborah,Niven and off course Jean...imagen being chosen from so many girls,so beautiful young and well inocent.Here i was born in '58...this movie means the world to me.
love those shorts
I enjoyed this movie especially the character portrayed by Jean Seberg (I though David Niven was not at all convincing). Seberg is just plain beautiful, very pretty face, great smile, and those legs! She looks sooo sexy in those very short shorts. Too bad a scene was not added to better showcase her beauty, like a scene with her skinny dipping and sunbathing in the nude.
- Kate Dooley
This movie is unusual and direct. Every character is fleshed out fully and the plot of this film moves along like a very vivid dream...a bad one. Perfectly directed by Preminger, it doesn't sugar coat anything that happens or his character's behavior. I'm not especially a Preminger fan, but there are times when his brand of no nonsense storytelling pays off and I think this film is one example. Perfect choice as Raymond, David Niven gives a great performance. Some of his other roles often remind me constantly that David Niven is performing, but he slips into Raymond's character and I forget he's Niven. Everybody else in the film is great and the casting was flawless. The incestuous overtones between Raymond and Cecelia are painful to observe...he so obviously uses her to keep his lifestylegoing, to cosign his wastrel lifestyle. Cecelia is a seasoned proon the party scene and she knows what's expected of her and she delivers. This film could be called depressing but it's a simple, straightforward story of what happens when people are used like a piece of furniture. Raymond and Cecelia only awake from their spiritual deadness after Ann has died in a car accident. Suicide or accidental? The question haunts them and Cecelia becomes more real about her pain and guilt but only on the inside. She and Raymond move on in that nightmare life of theirs, knowing they destroyed a decent and caring person and probably their only real chance at happiness. They can't or won't change...doing that would require each one to examine the way they live and they continue to wander through emptiness. This film is not for everybody, but I like it very much and I include it in my top 100 films.
Title is appropriate
"Bonjour Tristesse" is sad and depressing. I got about halfway through it and had to stop watching. I once read in a British newspaper a reference to a French film as "soporific piffle." Although this was not a French film--only based upon a French novel--I thought this movie was miserable.
I really enjoyed this film. It had such a mysterious vibe to it. I loved how the film used both black and white and color to represent past and present. It's a film that had my full attention and surprised me at the end.
"Hello Sadness" Is Just That (SPOILERS)
I am not quite sure how I feel about this film.Going into it knowing nothing other than since I have been to Paris, all things French draw my attention. Knowing the literal translation is "Hello Sadness" I felt I wanted to watch and add to my depression.I am glad I did not know it was Premmenger (I came in about 5 mins late) therefore, I could enjoy without background. In addition, I have to say I did enjoy this film. I liked Premmenger's Joan D' Arc a lot with Seaberg as the lead. Moreover, I enjoyed this films existential feeling to it and I believe that is what Cecelia was looking for after THAT summer that she laments so much about.When Ann enters the story, it takes away that happy existential feeling to it but that is the story.I felt the main actors performed to script no matter how Premmenger interperted it.(After the film read TCM's Overview for considerable background.)
Spoiled . . .(er) Alert!!!
- Larry Battis
This movie is unworthy. Preminger's ham-handed direction trips over a banal script, trips over Preminger's ham-handed direction, trips over a banal script; ad nauseum!