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Goodbye Again

1961 2h 0m Romance List
60% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 76% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
Middle-aged businesswoman Paula Tessier (Ingrid Bergman) resists the advances of Philip Van der Besh (Anthony Perkins), the 24-year-old son of one of her clients (Jessie Royce Landis). But when her longtime paramour, Roger Demarest (Yves Montand), begins yet another casual affair with a younger woman, Paula decides that two can play that game. However, it seems that society looks differently at May-December romances when the woman is the older partner. Read More Read Less

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Vincent Canby Variety The secret storm raging within heroine Ingrid Bergman is: vintage formula stuff (which man will she choose?), but here it’s told in comparative adult, often witty terms. Mar 18, 2024 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times Samuel Taylor's derivative screen play has a few flights of fancy and wit, but on the whole it is solemn and pedestrian, scarcely what a thing of this sort should be. May 9, 2005 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Outdated but chic melodrama set in Paris, about an older French woman of 40 getting involved with a younger American man of 25. Rated: B- Nov 1, 2021 Full Review Dwight MacDonald Esquire Magazine How did the idea get about that Yves Montand is an actor? Jul 30, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Though well acted, especially by Ingrid Bergman, as the woman in love with the suave Yves Montand and the boyish Anthony Perkins, the melodrama has not aged well. Rated: B- Jan 19, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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Aelita A This is a quality, beautifully sophisticated film. The chemistry between the characters is wonderfully unique, and enjoyable to analyse from a psychological point-of-view. Admittedly the ending could have had a clearer direction/ stronger direction, but this could simply be my lack of understanding, and it may be a movie that one has to rewatch a few times to fully grasp. Beautiful moments are absolutely plentiful within this film - it was thoroughly enjoyable and sad at the same time. I highly recommend this movie - it's definitely very underrated, and honestly deserves to be considered a classic film. Anthony Perkins' performance was admirably and brilliantly genuine, and Ingrid Bergman displayed a wonderful, melancholic sincerity. The psychology between the three main characters is also extremely relevant, I would say, to an in-real-life scenario and is therefore absolutely heart wrenching. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/09/24 Full Review Audience Member This high class sixties soap opera shows off the talents of Ingrid Bergman Yves Montand and Anthony Hopkins, with its air of sophistication and intriguing style. The story is rather bland, but it's enough to allow the performances and the great black and white visuals to carry the film. Hopkins awkwardness fits in perfectly here, since he plays the younger fling of Bergman versus the older sophistication of Montand. Perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon. 3 out of 5 stars Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review ashley h Goodbye Again is an incredible film. It is about Paula who is a beautiful and highly successful 40-year-old businesswoman. Ingrid Bergman, Yves Montand, and Anthony Perkins give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Anatole Litvak did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and romance. Goodbye Again is a must see. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Touching story about love, affairs, and wisdom born from allowing relationships to come full circle. Bergman plays a successful woman (with a wise young maid) who is in a comfortable relationship with Montand, who under appreciates her. Enter Perkins as a bored, talented, and rich young man yearning for the love of an older woman - just not anyone too like his mother. Thus is begun a menage a trois guaranteed to put everyone's heart through the wringer. Don't watch if you dislike Brahms! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member God, Ingrid Bergman can make me cry. A refreshing melodrama, even with the characters being so very French, like the movies tell us they are with their enlightened sexual arrangements and all of Paris happening in bars, clubs, restaurants, and cars (the film definitely capitalizes on the 60s setting with its black and white photography). Yves Montand's sophisticated businessman and Anthony Perkin's tempestuous playboy hold their own, but this film belongs to Bergman's Paula*, finding out just how much love and fidelity is acceptable. The generous screenplay, and the relaxed structure allow a surprisingly nuance image of love at a certain age to emerge, even as its inevitabilities may seem a little dated. (From a femiinst perspective, also interesting in the portrayal of the sexual double standard and the toll of changing sexual mores). *Though in all honesty, it takes a major suspension of disbelief, or rather, very good acting to believe that Ingrid Bergman's Paula is insecure about her age (at 40!) and unlucky in love, when she would have any problem picking up any man she wanted-- seeing how she's a fabulous and sucessful interior designer, and she looks like Ingrid Bergman (which is to say, still as gorgeous as she was in Casablanca). Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a little melodramatic and overly long, but Goodbye Again is still an enjoyable and entertaining romance, thanks largely to a charismatic performance from Anthony Perkins. Perkins, who was fresh off of his big role in Psycho, brings a certain liveliness and joy to the movie that makes it easy to like. Perkins is also accompanied by two other veteran actors, Ingrid Bergman and Yves Montand, who both give good performances as well, but his performance is what really stands out in Goodbye Again and makes it worth seeing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Middle-aged businesswoman Paula Tessier (Ingrid Bergman) resists the advances of Philip Van der Besh (Anthony Perkins), the 24-year-old son of one of her clients (Jessie Royce Landis). But when her longtime paramour, Roger Demarest (Yves Montand), begins yet another casual affair with a younger woman, Paula decides that two can play that game. However, it seems that society looks differently at May-December romances when the woman is the older partner.
Director
Anatole Litvak
Producer
Anatole Litvak
Screenwriter
Samuel A. Taylor
Production Co
Argus Film Produktie, Mercury Productions
Genre
Romance
Original Language
English
Runtime
2h 0m