Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1958. Wheel Productions. Screenplay by Arthur Laurents, based on the novel by Francoise Sagan. Cinematography by Georges Perinal. Produced by Otto Preminger. Music by Georges Auric. Production Design by Roger K. Furse. Costume Design by Hope Bryce. Film Editing by Helga Cranston.
Deborah Kerr plays the new love of lonely widower David Niven, who is confident about their new relationship except where his rebellious daughter (Jean Seberg) is concerned. Seberg is too lost in her teen angst complications to allow her dad to be happy, and believes Kerr to be a reckless philanderer and so does everything in her power to ruin the affair. Diverting but ultimately unimportant, the film was made around the time Seberg abandoned Hollywood and made a bit of a career for herself in France (Breathless was only a year away). Lord love director Otto Preminger for still having faith in her, casting her in his films even after her debut in his production of Saint Joan was universally panned by film critics and audiences alike.