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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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.
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
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.
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...
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.
82 minutes of a girl making a single dour expression alongside a handful of thoughtless, speechless, static human forms. Why is everyone sullen and jaded? Why doesn't any character's energy level ever fluctuate or rise above a slow ooze? Why has every character seemingly had a lobotomy?
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.