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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I am always surprised by the instincts of filmmakers who use the beauty and instincts of young actors to fashion patient, real, and honest films. This is a terrific example: sensuous and stylish, touching on the uncertainties of adolescent sexual awakening and anxiety, which can be confused with or replace love. The father relationship here is key. Gina Piersanti is a natural presence and no doubt will be a star.
Recordé un viaje que hice a Oaxaca hace 3 años. El remolino de experimentación sexual y energía adolescente del que me sentí excluido. Deseando a la vez habitar ese mundo solo para descubrir que no eres bienvenido. El ansia de pertenecer. Solo "Un mundo secreto" de Gabriel Mariño me había hecho sentir así. BONUS: "1999" es un gran mixtape, hombre.
The most memorable miserable moments of adolescence are captured by Eliza Hittman's strong and slowly devastating film. The awkwardness; the esteem issues; the humiliations...of trying to fit in and find one's own self. Gina Piersanti is excellent here amongst a cast of amateurs in a well focused and well constructed film that bodes hope for future efforts from the director.
3 1/2. Very interesting anti coming of age film about a young teenager who thinks she's ready for more life experiences but isn't quite there yet. All the actors are very good especially the lead. Uneasy in places but surprisingly funny in other places. Definitely worth checking out.
Lila's actions in "It Felt Like Love" are dictated by an inner dialogue to which we are never given access, it would be inessential in as much as the audience can infer Lila's motivations, doubts, desires, confusion, loneliness without overt text to that effect. The director has found alternative methods to open the audience's histories of similarity, we supply the