An amoral French girl and her playboy father discover the dark side of passion in this sizzling 1958 adaptation of Francoise Sagan's notorious bestseller. Jean Seberg is Cecile, the spoiled 17-year-old daughter of Raymond , a wealthy Parisian widower vacationing in a sumptuous villa on the French Riviera. Their shallow, pleasure seeking existence is threatened when Raymond decides to marry Cecile's strait-laced godmother, Anne, who disapproves of the teenager's steamy summer affair with Philippe. T o keep her carefree world from being shattered, Cecile plots to drive Anne away. But it's "Goodbye Happiness" and "Bonjour Tristesse" when the plan takes an unexpected turn.
Less of the scandal.
- Bonjour Tristesse review by RhysH
Francoise Sagan's novel was described as scandalous but this 1958 film version directed by Otto Preminger takes the edge off the scandal and ends up as something rather shallow. Tired dialogue and clichéd performances.
David Niven plays David Niven and Jean Seberg looks lovely.