5. Goodbye First Love
Why Is It a "Must See"? French director Mia Hansen-Love follows up her acclaimed "The Father of My Children" with this look at young love. A kindred spirit to Olivier Assayas's family drama "Summer Hours" (Hansen-Love is notably engaged to Assayas), the talky, critical film follows a decade in the relationship between Camille (Lola Créton) and Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky). Think a sort of French "Like Crazy," but with considerably less convention. (April 20, Sundance Selects)
What Do Critics Think? "Goodbye First Love" has a B average on its Criticwire page.
Why Is It a "Must See"? Richard Linklater reunites with his "School of Rock" star Jack Black in this dark comedy about a mortician named Bernie Tiede (Black) who befriends a rich widow (Shirley MacLaine) in a small Texas town. Based on a wild true story, the film premiered to generally good reviews at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year. Indiewire's Eric Kohn called it "an oddly endearing love letter to Southern eccentricities that calls to mind no less than his iconic 'Slacker.'" (April 27, Millennium Entertainment)
What Do Critics Think? "Bernie" has a B- average on its Criticwire page.