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936 Ratings

It Felt Like Love

Directed by Eliza Hittman
United States, 2013


Fourteen-year-old Lila is experiencing an ennui-filled Brooklyn summer playing third wheel to Chiara, her more experienced friend, and Chiara’s boyfriend, Patrick. Determined to have a love interest of her own, a bravado-filled Lila pursues Sammy and manipulates herself deeper into his world.

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It Felt Like Love Directed by Eliza Hittman

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | 2nd place: Best First Feature

[It Felt Like Love] fully embraces the swirling languor of a girl’s sexual awakening. And like Obvious Child, it challenges the protective impulses of patriarchal viewership, acknowledging the kind of agency that can be drawn from female vulnerability, and that can turn that vulnerability into its own form of strength.
November 30, 2014
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As hazy as her motivation is, her sexuality is a complete vision of teen obsession and desire… Like an only child FAT GIRL, IT FELT LIKE LOVE hovers on the brink of debasement, never providing an easy emotional answer, and never letting you look away either.
March 28, 2014
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…That’s ultimately what kept me from fully embracing “It Felt Like Love”: it does one thing very, very well, but the point-of-view, visual as well as thematic, feels too constrained, at times too forced. There’s more to adolescence than this. There’s more to sex than this. There’s more to life than this. As a very gentle polemic, the movie succeeds. But as a story, and as a character portrait, it’s unsatisfying.
March 27, 2014
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