It Felt Like Love

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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 herself into a dangerously vulnerable situation. (C) Variance

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Critic Reviews for It Felt Like Love

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (15)

  • 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.

    Apr 24, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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."

    Mar 27, 2014 | Full Review…
  • "It Felt Like Love" doesn't just unreel before your eyes, it weighs on you.

    Mar 27, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 20, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

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  • 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.

    Mar 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for It Felt Like Love

  • Aug 21, 2014
    A really interesting movie on coming of age and one girl's quest to be accepted amongst her peers on her journey towards her first sexual encounter. Slow paced and definitely not for all but highly recommended to those who want to give it a try. I really enjoyed it.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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