Bonjour Tristesse
Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 16, 2003
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddleston
Time Out

The final shot is one of the most convincingly grief-stricken in cinema.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Script deficiencies and awkward reading -- some lines are spoken as though just that -- have static results.

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Calum Marsh
Little White Lies

Jean Seberg is as captivating as ever in Otto Preminger's newly restored 1958 drama.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

Niven and Kerr keenly satirize their onscreen iconographies-the cad and the goody-goody, respectively-but it's Seberg who cuts deepest.

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Time Out

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.

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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.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Otto Preminger's formally dazzling 1958 film is an edifice constructed of contrasts.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A bomb.

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James Mottram
Total Film

Contrasting the picture-perfect backdrop, Saul Bass' title sequence and Juliette Gréco's rendition of the title song add to the melancholy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Bonjour Tristesse," Cecile(Jean Seberg) is the 17-year old daughter of Raymond(David Niven), a wealthy businessman. They are… More
John Ballantine
You can forgive David Niven in the shorty shorts with such a great story to tell. Here we have the ultimate father daughter relationship where party dad lives… More