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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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.
A far cry from other coming of age films (Kids, Clip, Six Acts), there is a sweeping sensuality here carried by image alone. Peripheral narration is punctuated only when it counts. We are absorbed into a swell of pictures, specifically close-ups, that, when not revealing a brutal reality, stand as metaphors of exclusion and desire. This is subliminal youth at peak, yet a reminder that we all wear a white mask...
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.
The sexual awakening of a teenager blundering through Eliza Hittman's painfully self-aware drama, here's a film heavy on symbolism (bookended with painted face/mask), but thin on story. By the time our dear heroine reaches her supposed personal truth, you could care less about Gina Persanti's endearing performance or the intimate, handheld cinematography of Sean Porter. Make another film, Eliza. You can do better.
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
A tone poem about the uncertainty of self, and that peculiar, dreamy warmth of sprawling, listless teenage summers. Little happens but that's because little happens! The lead actress is perfect in expressing the quiet anxiety of a teenager desparately trying to enter a world that she's already unsure of. Reminiscent of Andrea Arnold, not just in themes but in tone, composition and colour palate. I really enjoyed it.