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It Felt Like Love


Fourteen-year-old Lila is experiencing an ennui-filled Brooklyn summer. She awkwardly wears a Kabuki-esque mask of sunscreen at the beach and plays 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, a tough but handsome older boy....

Actors: Giovanna Salimeni , Jesse Cordasco , Ronen Rubinstein , Gina Piersanti , Andrew McCord , Case Prime , Nick Rosen , Kevin Anthony Ryan , Sophia Jurewicz , Anthony J. Salimeni
Directors: Eliza Hittman
Country: USA
Release: 2014-03-21
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  • Inkoo Kang

    Hittman's debut isn't just a brilliantly tactile study of the mounting sexual curiosity and frustration of 14-year-old Lila (Gina Piersanti); it's also an important landmark in the oft-ignored subgenre of realistic movies about female adolescence.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    It Felt Like Love is brilliantly, brutally tactile.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Katie Walsh

    It Felt Like Love, marks the arrival of a new crop of talent to watch, behind the camera and in front.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    A mood poem to summer loving and sexual awakening, It Felt Like Love powerfully evokes a time when flesh is paramount, and peer behavior is the standard by which we judge our own.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Eliza Hittman's film captures the exclusive properties of sex with a degree of intimacy and empathy that, at times, feels authentically revelatory.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Resolutely descriptive, 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.

    NPR Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    What's exciting about the film is the confidence Hittman brings to it, particularly with her visual choices. The dancing in particular is striking, with surprising cuts and edits. It Felt Like Love isn't a great movie, but it is a promising one, for everyone involved.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Sadly believable and benefiting from an unshowy performance by first-timer Gina Piersanti, it will have many viewers eager to see what Hittman does next.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Alissa Simon

    The writer-director’s stress on the small, degrading details that attend yearning as well as her protagonist’s desperation and self-deception make it more mood piece than straightforward narrative, but the ultra-confident production proves that Hittman’s a talent to watch.

    Variety Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    By the end, audiences may end up craving a more charitable, less dour study of teenage mating habits — one, like the less “realistic” Raising Victor Vargas, that doesn’t portend trauma for any sapling trying to blossom too soon.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    However heartfelt and keenly observed this pessimism is, it becomes monotonous. Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The filmmaker has fallen for some of indiedom’s worst clichés, including our main character’s sad stare out to the ocean, and soft camerawork that’s beginning to sound like a Klaxon: Hug me, hug me, hug me.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Hittman demonstrates enough talent in It Felt Like Love to suggest that she could make a terrific film. All she needs is an original idea.

    The Dissolve Full Review