It Felt Like Love
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It Felt Like Love
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, and often playing the third wheel, Lila is determined to emulate the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend. She fixates on Sammy, a tough older guy, when she hears that "he'll sleep with anyone." Deluded in her romantic pursuit, Lila tries desperately to insert herself into Sammy's gritty world, but in doing so she puts… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"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."
‑ A.A. Dowd, AV Club
"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."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"It's neither overly sentimental nor obnoxiously cautionary."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
""It Felt Like Love" doesn't just unreel before your eyes, it weighs on you."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz,
"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."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"[Hittman's] offbeat visual style ... helps put you inside the mind of the lead character, for whom nothing is clear."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"First-time feature filmmaker Hittman, working with the talented DP Sean Porter, has a natural way with visuals that communicates the curiosity running rabid through the blood of summer-idle teenagers."
‑ Beth Hanna, Thompson on Hollywood
"A coming-of-age movie down to its marrow."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"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.""
‑ Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"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."
‑ Rob Thomas, Madison Movie
"The scenes between Lila, Sammy, and Sammy's macho friends feature some of Hittman's most acute dialogue and direction."
‑ Danny King, Paste Magazine
"[The director] Hittman demonstrates enough talent [...] to suggest that she could make a terrific film. All she needs is an original idea."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
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