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De quoi s'agit-il?

Following the privations of the occupation France was just starting to get back into gear in 1954 when the young Françoise Sagan penned Bonjour Tristesse. The book was an immediate bestseller although it shocked to the core traditional Catholic bourgeois society.

Cécile, who has recently been reunited with her father after spending her formative years in a convent following her mother's death, is anxious to make up for lost time. She is looking forward to a blissfully hedonistic summer on the Côte d'Azur with the father she adores and his rather superficial but beautiful girlfriend Elsa.

Following the arrival of Anne, a friend of her deceased mother, who turns up at the father's invitation, Cécile quickly finds herself in a quandary; does she accept and embrace the different moral and social code that this classy new arrival represents or does she try to repel her?

We see the plot develop through the eyes of someone whose wobbly moral compass depends on the whims of her own inflated ego.

The novel was filmed in 1958 by Otto Preminger with the ill-fated Jean Seberg in the role of Cécile.

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