Bonjour tristesse

Synopsis: Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Otto Preminger
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Wait till they see these.

If they like the others,

they'll be crazy about these.

- Like to look at them?

- I'll see them at the show.

This is the best day of my life. I have

my first exhibition and I have you.

Cecile, will you marry me

when I'm a success?

Let's give ourselves a little time.


- Aren't you interested in anything?

- Yes, in going someplace else.

- Where?

- I don't know.

- Alone?

- Yes, alone.

- There. We're engaged.

- I don't want that.

All right.

Then we're engaged.

It's going to be a small wedding,

but you may come.

- Will I see you later?

- Yes.


I don't know.

I'll be ready in three seconds.

- Any zipping or buttoning to do?

- No thanks, darling. It's all done.

- Are we calling for Yvette?

- She's no longer with us. It's Denise.

- Model?

- Actress. Aspiring. Rather appetizing.

Talented too, she says.

- The usual trinket?

- Not this time. It's pretty, though.

- Like to see it?

- I'll see it later...

...on Denise.

Jacques, there she is now. Cecile?

- Hello.

- I'm so glad to see you.

- I love your dress. Is it new?

- Thank you. You look adorable.

- Raymond.

- And this is Denise... Denise.

- How do you do?

- Good evening.

Cecile, this is Jacques,

who's dying to meet you.

- How are you?

- Fine.

- Have a drink?

- I'd love one.

- I've waited a long time to meet you.

- I'm very flattered.

Now, I'm gonna sit here.

Denise? You sit there.

Deanne there. Paulette here. Cecile...

That's not gonna work.

Let's dance in the meantime.

- May I take you to the races tomorrow?

- I'd love to go. Thank you, Jacques.

After the races he'll tak e me

to dinner and dancing again.

And on Thursday to

the tennis matches.

And on Sunday to the country.

What a waste of time, dear Jacques.

What a hopeless waste of time.

He's attractive. And he's nice.

And I'd lik e to warn him...

...but he wouldn't understand...

...that I can't feel anything

he might be interested in...

...because I'm surrounded by a wall.

An invisible wall

made of memories I can't lose.

Hey, how about a dance?

- Half a dance.

- Better than none.

- He likes you.

- He's very charming.

- How's Denise?

- Great girl.

- This is gonna be a fun evening.

- Yes, wonderful.

It's wonderful luck

having you for a daughter.

The luck runs both ways, sir.

But even with my father

it isn't the same anymore.

Nothing is.

Will I ever be happy again... I was at the beginning of that

wonderful summer on the Riviera...

...just a year ago?

Seven was my magic number.

I was very superstitious then,

and loved it.

Seven and three.

The seven came out of my age, 17.

And the three from the three members

of our very happy household.

Good morning, Albertine.

My coffee, please.

Albertine has the sunstroke.

I'm her sister, Lontine.

So you are. Good morning, Lontine.

Is she very ill?

- You know how it is.

- I know how it is.

- Good morning, Alber...

- Albertine has the sunstroke.

- This is her sister, Lontine.

- I thought I felt a change. Forgive me.

My sister told me what to expect.

Good morning, monsieur.

I don't think she approves.

- They lack imagination down here.

- More likely they have too much.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

Did you sleep well?

Did you wake well?

I never do and you always do.

It's repulsively unfair.

- Just you wait till you're my age.

- How's Elsa?

She's asleep.

Look at that wonderful sea.

- High time we threw ourselves in.

- All that vitality.


- Twice more.

- Why?

Three times is good luck.

- Pebbles and all?

- Of course.

Elsa? Elsa?

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Arthur Laurents

Arthur Laurents (July 14, 1917 – May 5, 2011) was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter.After writing scripts for radio shows after college and then training films for the U.S. Army during World War II, Laurents turned to writing for Broadway, producing a body of work that includes West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), and Hallelujah, Baby! (1967), and directing some of his own shows and other Broadway productions. His early film scripts include Rope (1948) for Alfred Hitchcock, followed by Anastasia (1956), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), The Way We Were (1973), and The Turning Point (1977). more…

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