It Felt Like Love

It Felt Like Love

Streaming Video - 2013
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A beautifully observed portrait of awakening sexuality in a young Brooklyn teen, It Felt Like Love is "an important landmark ... in movies about female adolescence" (Los Angeles Times). Fourteen-year-old Lila (Gina Piersanti) is embarrassed by her sexual inexperience, while her pretty best friend Chiara spends her summer making out with her new beau. Eager to prove her desirability, the shy and retiring Lila focuses her attention on local lothario Sammy. She approaches him with clumsy come-ons, and Sammy swats her away. But Lila keeps pushing into the world of Sammy's hyper-macho friends, where sex is less about exploration than intimidation and power. It Felt Like Love is "gorgeously shot" (NY Post) in the streets and humid apartments of South Brooklyn, perfectly capturing the hothouse atmosphere of indolent summer afternoons at home. It "seductively conjures a moment when trying on identities can be a fast track to self-knowledge. Or self-destruction" (New York Times).
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: streaming video file (1 video file (ca. 82 min.)) : sd., col


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Jul 28, 2015

This film has received some very +ve comments from film critics, but I still find the directing and acting a tad amateurish. Too many unnecessary close-up shots, and poor character development, put this film in the 'below-par' category. I hope first-time director Eliza Hittman can become more mature in her future work and engage in topics other than adolescent lust and love.

Oct 07, 2014

This was truly uncomfortable to watch. More background is needed to have set the story - there are many scenes that are unnecessary, and the acting could be much better. it was difficult to understand what Lila, the main character, was thinking.

On further thought, it is interesting to see Lila caught between the innocence of childhood (represented by her male friend) to the sexuality of adulthood (represented by Chiara).


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Oct 07, 2014

Sexual Content: Full-frontal male nudity


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