Bonjour Tristesse Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jean Seberg, David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Mylène Demongeot, Geoffrey Home

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Bonjour Tristesse

Based on the Françoise Sagan bestseller, BONJOUR TRISTESSE is a movie produced and directed by Otto Preminger in 1958.
Click here to see the rest of this review

Cecile, a 18 years old girl, lives a heedless and carefree life in the circles of the rich bourgeoisie in Paris. Her life has become sad and empty since last summer, a period she spent with Raymond, her womanizing father, on the French Riviera.

There, Anne Larson, invited by Raymond, came to spend the holidays with them. Anne and Raymond soon fell in love and informed Cécile they would marry when they return to Paris. At first delighted by this prospect, Cécile will however changes her mind when Anne starts to give her advice about her sex life and to criticize the way she was spending her free time.

Cécile is going to imagine a machiavelian scheme to get rid of Anne by matching up her father with the gorgeous Elsa. Anne will then choose a dramatic and tragic way to leave Raymond and Cécile to their empty lives.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Bonjour Tristesse

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   matchbreaker interference Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Step Parent(s) Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   French Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of "the rich"

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Forest?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   swimming on City?    -   Yes City:    -   Paris Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

Movies with storylines, themes & endings like Bonjour Tristesse

Bonjour Tristesse Message Board (click here)
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian