44th edition 21 January - 1 February 2015

It Felt Like LoveTG-2013 

During a boring summer, the insecure Lila focuses her attention on the older Sammy, who isn’t really interested in her at all. Powerful debut film about the difficulties of growing up, confusing emotions and budding sexuality in a phase of life that is sometimes overly romanticised.

In her debut film, Eliza Hittman sketches a sensitive and often painful portrait of a 14-year-old girl on her way to adulthood. Something similar is often attempted, but the result is seldom as effective - and that is largely thanks to Hittman’s screenplay and directing. Unlike other coming-of-age dramas, this one focuses on the uneasy and embarrassing situations of growing up. Hittman is primarily interested in the turning points that form someone’s character and the inevitable disillusionments this process entails.
Young Lila's budding sexuality soon puts an end to the myth of romantic love. Lila is not looking for the love of her life; she wants sexual experience, and if possible she wants it now. The boy she focuses on isn’t really interested in her. Slowly but surely, Lila loses herself in this obsession. Her vulnerability is perfectly captured in a poetic visual style in which subjectivity and a very precise reflection of feelings are more important than a clear story or dialogue.
With her radical approach to female sexuality, it’s no surprise that Hittman was inspired by directors such as Catherine Breillat. The result is a film that goes deep; Lila could be anyone, and her insecurity and unfortunate choices are familiar to all who remember anything about their puberty.

Comments
Beetje saai. Toch goed.
Webreview from Eva on 3 February 2013 10:43
Solid direction by Elisa Hittman but nothing special, it was just okay. A similar themed movie that is far superior is Fucking Amal by Lukas Moodysson, I also prefer Naissance des pieuvres over this. 3 stars out of 5.
Webreview from William Hunt on 2 February 2013 23:41
USA 2013
DirectorEliza Hittman
ProducerEliza Hittman
 Shrihari Sathe
 Laura Wagner
 Infinitum Productions
 Bay Bridge Productions
ScenarioEliza Hittman
CastGina Piersanti
 Giovanna Salimeni
 Ronen Rubinstein
 Jesse Cordasco
 Nicolas Rosen
 Case Prime
PhotographySean Porter
EditorCarlos Marques-Marcet, Scott Cummings
Production designJames Boxer
Length80'
Film formatDCP
Websitewww.itfeltlikelove.com
Themes
2013 Hivos Tiger Awards Competition International premiere
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