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      Bonjour Tristesse

      Released Jan 15, 1958 1h 34m Drama List
      88% Tomatometer 24 Reviews 68% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Anne (Deborah Kerr) travels to the French Riviera to visit Raymond (David Niven), the wealthy husband of her recently deceased friend. His pampered daughter, Cecile (Jean Seberg), afraid that the prim and proper Anne's visit may alter their hedonistic lifestyle, attempts to drive a wedge between the woman and her father, with the help of his young French mistress, Elsa (Mylène Demongeot). Little do they know that Anne's attitude hides a fragility and pain that may have tragic consequences. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Richard Brody New Yorker A brilliant dialectical filmmaker, Preminger extracts the last ounce of pathos from the anguish of the mute witness. May 16, 2016 Full Review Calum Marsh Little White Lies Jean Seberg is as captivating as ever in Otto Preminger's newly restored 1958 drama. Rated: 4/5 Aug 29, 2013 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian Underneath the endless round of parties and nightclubs, there is a desperate, secret sadness, and Seberg's stare at the camera is haunting. Rated: 5/5 Aug 29, 2013 Full Review Zita Short InSession Film Watch Bonjour Tristesse and marvel at her strength and confidence. She was a rare creature and we should have had more actresses like Kerr... Feb 10, 2023 Full Review Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies It meanders a bit and at times feels a little soapy, but its intelligence, craftiness, and style can’t be denied. Rated: 4/5 Aug 19, 2022 Full Review James Mottram Total Film Contrasting the picture-perfect backdrop, Saul Bass' title sequence and Juliette Grco's rendition of the title song add to the melancholy. Rated: 3/5 Aug 28, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Opening credits sucked me right in. Beautiful graphics and music. Liked use of color and black and white, and flash backs. Thought Jean Seberg's acting was outstanding, and all of acting was very good. Enjoyed the lovely scenes of the French Riviera, and felt as if I were right there with the actors, smelling the pines and the salty sea. The end was a little overplayed and melodramatic, but that was probably how the novel ended. The scenes where the two girls are setting up David Niven's inevitable fall from grace are the only ones that are overlong and needed editing. It is an interesting and different movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Very strange film. David Niven, Deborah Kerr and Jean Seberg Rated 2 out of 5 stars 06/20/21 Full Review David P Brilliantly filmed on the French Riviera. The cinematography and composition of the shots is exquisite. There are lots of negatives for me. I hate Seaborg's short hair. She's lacks the ability to emote. Her face is the same in every scene. I despise her character and I felt another actress could have done a better job in this role. Niven's character is vain and selfish. He plays the part well. The music was generic. A great song would have improved the film. The screenplay needed to be punched up. The characters had a light banter where they were supposedly witty and all of it was flat. There were several scenes where they repeat themselves and I was saying "cut, cut the scene" The end is tragically good. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/27/20 Full Review david f This is worth watching because Godard said that Jean Seberg was playing the same role that she did in his film, ‘Breathless' only three years later. It's about a carefree father and daughter who live on the French Riviera and whose somewhat decadent lifestyle has serious consequences for a woman they get involved with. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A truly terrible film directed by a masterful director, Bonjour Tristesse is a film replete with awkward acting and unintentional bathos. Its only saving grace is that Jean Seberg's Cecile is unmistakably the influence for Godard's Patricia in Breathless which would go on to succeed where this film fails. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Can't believe the popular reviews of this, this is...and I don't say this lightly...absolute drivel. If a film about a spoiled brat of a teenager who is upset her Daddy likes another woman sounds like your kind of thing well then fill your boots. Not for me I'm afraid. Yes, Jean Seberg is beautiful...that doesn't make an entire film. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Anne (Deborah Kerr) travels to the French Riviera to visit Raymond (David Niven), the wealthy husband of her recently deceased friend. His pampered daughter, Cecile (Jean Seberg), afraid that the prim and proper Anne's visit may alter their hedonistic lifestyle, attempts to drive a wedge between the woman and her father, with the help of his young French mistress, Elsa (Mylène Demongeot). Little do they know that Anne's attitude hides a fragility and pain that may have tragic consequences.
      Director
      Otto Preminger
      Producer
      Otto Preminger
      Screenwriter
      Arthur Laurents
      Production Co
      Wheel Productions
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 15, 1958, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 15, 2010
      Runtime
      1h 34m
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