It Felt Like Love 2014 NR CC

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On the outskirts of Brooklyn, a fourteen-year-old's sexual quest takes a dangerous turn when she pursues an older guy and tests the boundaries between obsession and love.

Starring:
Gina Piersanti, Ronen Rubinstein
Runtime:
1 hour 23 minutes

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It Felt Like Love

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Eliza Hittman
Starring Gina Piersanti, Ronen Rubinstein
Supporting actors Ronen Rubinstein, Jesse Cordasco, Nick Rosen, Richie Folio, Case Prime, Kevin Anthony Ryan, Nugget, Sophia Jurewicz, Anna David, Olivia David-Thomas, Ashley Huertas, Andrew McCord, Anthony J. Salimeni, Maria Salimeni, Lynda Milito, Viktoria Vinyarska, Natalie Alexandre, Kate Benson
Studio Visit Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Very realistic acting.
Mat
Then, for example, the characters (male and female) might become three-dimensional beings rather than cultural archetypes.
D. Holmes
With this though comes a risk of not connecting with the audience for if it is too weird or just is hard to connect with.
Amari Sali

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amari Sali on July 13, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Independent films often times are very odd motion pictures, if just because they usually try to tell a story which doesn’t feel like something you are used to seeing. With this though comes a risk of not connecting with the audience for if it is too weird or just is hard to connect with. As for It Felt Like Love, while a coming of age film which certainly seems to want to stand out, I don’t know if it may connect with you.

Characters & Story

Poor Lila (Gina Piersanti) has seemingly lived the life of being best friend Chiara’s (Giovanna Salimeni) 3rd wheel for who knows how long. And with them both approaching 16, and Lila living vicariously through Chiara, it seems Lila is ready to try to get out there, date, and fall in love. Leading us to watch as Lila pursues this guy named Sammy (Ronen Rubinstein) who is cute, knows Chiara, and seems like someone decent.

Praise

Films which deal with self-discovery, especially during the teen years, are usually from varied perspectives but almost every single one of the deal with being validated by winning the attention of someone. This one is no different, but what I like about this one is that Lila comes off utterly average. She doesn’t seem to have the appeal Chiara has which makes guys gravitate to her, she isn’t the best dancer so she doesn’t have a draw there, and her being such a basic run of the mill person makes her so strangely relatable. For without any bells and whistles, all she has is the fact she is human and wants attention and affection.

And while, I’ll admit, I wasn’t too fond how she went for it, at the same time you can understand her sort of silent desperation to connect with someone she wanted to care for her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Holmes on August 7, 2014
Format: DVD
An unusual film, both intoxicating and frustrating. The storyline turns on Lila, a teenage virgin who is both jealous of and intrigued by the sexual experience of her best friend. As a result, Lila inserts herself into the life of a male college student who, as far as she can see, will sleep with anyone. This is the first feature by director Eliza Hittman, and it is elevated by her ability to conjure atmosphere via images. She is clearly confident and in control behind the camera. The film is directed in such a way as to invite the use of the terms "tone poem" or "mood poem." Soft-focus closeups result in an intense, almost uncomfortable intimacy with the characters. The locales—the crowded beach, small yards adorned with clotheslines—and the subdued, yet diverse color palette are evocative of summertime in the city or rather a melancholy, nostalgic idea of summertime in the city.

In regard to content, to the storyline and its cast of characters, the ultra-slight 80-minute feature is an end-of-innocence story designed for maximum discomfort. Beyond a charming, pint-sized neighbor who functions as Lila's confidant and her confusing father (is he neglectful or just distracted?), men here are portrayed as one-note bros and thugs. Uncaring studs who squeeze and manhandle and leer. The camera lingers on their hard, tattooed bodies, as well as their horn-dog stares and cruel laughs. The specter of potential rape rears its unpleasant head more than once as Lila, played in a natural, but limited performance by doe-eyed newcomer Gina Piersanti, again and again finds herself encircled by them, very much in over her head.
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By .fgd on September 15, 2014
Format: DVD
I loved this film even better the second time around ; the better to see how it built in the detalils knowing the ending. It is a coming of age film. One review says Lila is 14yrs but i would put her closer to just turned 13yrs. Her best friend is fully mature sexually and closer to 16 yrs. There is a wonderful naturalness to the screenplay and acting. If a film is too close to real life it can be like watching paint dry yet this film always kept a good pace. Lila is a gooseberry as she hangs out with a friend who is no doubt too old for her and observes more than she should about dating and even love-making for her age. She observes the tenderness and excitment of a sexual relationship although the actual in bed stuff is still a mystery although Chiara drops tantalising hints. Enough for her to try to seduce a much older boy on the assurance that he will sleep with anyone as boys do. Without giving the game away, it is Chiara's sexual sophistication that saves Lila from being used and confused. One way or another her boyfriend and his friends, including Lila's " crush", have a high standards when it comes to sex. Rather than satisfy their own male urges, what they have learnt to expect and seek is to truly make a girl come. In the end, this bar is what saves Lila from being taken advantage of. It is a suprising sophistication that gives the film alot of credence and respect and no doubt in real life at that age is not usually the case. What Chiara has beyond her years is true girl power which is a delight to watch in action and tantalising to Lila. The ending could be a little shocking for some people in terms of explictness although i just found it sexy and raw.Read more ›
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