It Felt Like Love
It Felt Like Love (2014)

Eliza Hittman's powerful debut feature tells the story of Lila (Gina Piersanti, in a stunning debut), a fourteen year old spending a hot summer in a blue-collar Brooklyn neighborhood far removed from the bustling city. Awkward, lonely,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 29, 2014
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

In Gina Piersanti, also making her feature debut, Hittman has found the perfect actress to portray the difficult undertaking of growing up, or at least trying to.

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A.A. Dowd
AV Club

It's easy to be seduced by the loosely observational vibe of the movie, even as its tale of a shrinking violet struggling not to be a late bloomer fails to strike more than a single note of dismay.

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Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar

It Felt Like Love is Hittman's first credited feature, and when it begins to slow, one can tell that she is perhaps still navigating the transition from short to full-length.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Hittman draws attention to the pervasive cultural forces (rap music, Internet pornography, suggestive dancing on TV) that present young girls as sexual objects, making the scenes of exploitation seem sadly inevitable.

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

Gorgeously shot in Brooklyn's beachfront neighborhoods and devoid of easy sentimentality, "It Felt Like Love" features realistic performances all around, understandable given the cast of mostly first-time actors.

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

[Hittman's] offbeat visual style ... helps put you inside the mind of the lead character, for whom nothing is clear.

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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times

Rarely has the zone between girlhood and womanhood been captured with such urgent honesty than in Eliza Hittman's superb teen drama "It Felt Like Love."

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Ella Taylor
NPR

It Felt Like Love doesn't exactly have a plot, which feels absolutely right for a film whose elliptical yet intensely focused visual style seem to flow directly from Lila's consciousness.

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Rob Thomas
Madison Movie

Hittman wraps her pointed agenda in a deceptively lovely tone poem about adolescence and summer, almost impressionistic in its evocation of the raging hormones of the teenage years.

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