Goodbye Again (Aimez-Vous Brahms?)


(out of 5)

 is divine as a Paris interior decorator who has been dating for five years, the both of them divorcees who are jaded about marriage and have agreed to give each other plenty of room.  She insists that she is fine with the coterie of young girls he is constantly getting down with in between their classy dinners, but this determination is put to the test when a scrappy young lawyer (a delightfully spry ) falls madly in love with her and insists on getting into her bed.  She develops an affection for the boy that increases while her inability to ignore the hopelessness of her situation with Montand sees her challenged between what she has and what she wants.  More important, what she doesn’t have with Montand is socially acceptable and comfortable in her mind, while staying with Perkins, whose immaturity is sometimes mercurial and other times downright frustrating, means having to face the challenge of public scrutiny and ridicule (“How old is she,” remarks one uncouth youngster when he sees them at dinner).  It’s smart and sexy, constantly taking place in chic restaurants and swanky nightclubs, lorded over by Anatole Litvak’s smooth direction that remains sturdy even when the ending is slightly overdue.  Most to its benefit is a screenplay rife with terrific dialogue by Samuel Taylor, overflowing with the kind of acrid romantic sentiment that made the original author Francoise Sagan’s writings so memorable.


Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel Aimez-vous Brahms? by

Cinematography by

Produced by Anatole Litvak

Music by Georges Auric

Production Design by Alexandre Trauner

Film Editing by Bert Bates

Cannes Film Festival 1961


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