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1,127 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.

Our take

This debut by director Eliza Hittman, with its stunning revelation of actress Gina Piersanti, is a breath of fresh air in a cinema so focused on young men. With a raw attitude and garnering comparisons to arthouse provocateurs like Catherine Breillat and Ulrich Siedl, we must say we’re impressed!

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

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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With its oblique yet unashamed view of sexuality, lack of hand-wringing, and intimate, caressing camerawork, It Felt Like Love feels like the work of a proto Claire Denis or Olivier Assayas, rather than reminiscent of the less visually acute, more garrulous roster of today’s American independent filmmakers.
March 21, 2014
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Held together with few words and only the loosest of narratives, this insightful first feature from Eliza Hittman unspools mostly in sensual (but never salacious) close-ups and dreamy tracking shots. Using a soft light that makes skin tones sing, Sean Porter photographs the mainly young cast with an easy intimacy that highlights his director’s highly intuitive points.
March 20, 2014
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