Bonjour Tristesse
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In this film, David Niven plays a wealthy playboy, the father of teenaged libertine-in-the-making Jean Seberg. Seberg tolerates most of her father's mistresses but doesn't know what to make of the prudish Deborah Kerr and does her malicious best to break up the relationship.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The final shot is one of the most convincingly grief-stricken in cinema."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Script deficiencies and awkward reading -- some lines are spoken as though just that -- have static results."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Jean Seberg is as captivating as ever in Otto Preminger's newly restored 1958 drama."
‑ Calum Marsh, Little White Lies
"...palpably overlong..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Has a glacial tone that gets covered with a lobster red French Riviera sunburn."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Niven and Kerr keenly satirize their onscreen iconographies-the cad and the goody-goody, respectively-but it's Seberg who cuts deepest."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"The flirtation with incest at the centre of this adaptation of Françoise Sagan's novel is tame by modern standards, but the evil scheming of Seberg as the daughter set on separating her father and his mistress is still forceful."
‑ , Time Out
"Underneath the endless round of parties and nightclubs, there is a desperate, secret sadness, and Seberg's stare at the camera is haunting."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It's almost like a game, the kind that seems funny until someone gets hurt."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Kerr, of course, is a standout talent in spite of script deficiencies, and Demongeot plays the role of a silly blonde well. The Riviera scenes are rich in eye appeal and Kerr's chic costuming by Givenchy adds another plus."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Otto Preminger's formally dazzling 1958 film is an edifice constructed of contrasts."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"A bomb."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Contrasting the picture-perfect backdrop, Saul Bass' title sequence and Juliette Gréco's rendition of the title song add to the melancholy."
‑ James Mottram, Total Film
"Misunderstood at the time and still underappreciated, this 1958 glossy melodrama improves on Sagan's French novella, displaying Preminger's best qualities as auteur, moral ambiguity, detached, nonjudgmental approach, not to mention smooth visuals."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"While some may be put off by Preminger's glossy presentation of the idle rich, his direction in Bonjour Tristesse engages the mind while it stimulates the senses."
‑ David Sanjek, PopMatters
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