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It Felt Like Love2014

  • 3.6
In this unflinchingly honest and refreshingly unsentimental coming-of-age story, fourteen-year-old Lila spends a languid South Brooklyn summer playing third wheel to her promiscuous friend Chiara and Chiara's boyfriend Patrick. Eager for her own sexual awakening, Lila gamely decides to pursue the older, thuggish Sammy, rumored to sleep with anyone. But as Lila's overt advances unmask her inexperience and quiet desperation, she is quickly pushed into frightening and unwelcome new territory.

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"...a candid portrayal of the physical and emotional discomfort of searching for one’s identity, a process that in IT FELT LIKE LOVE resembles the impossible task of inventing and playing a role all at the same time." - Tomas Hachard, Keyframe


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From a psszchological perspective, this film does a great job portraying the rites of passage into young womanhood, the importance of female role models in the transition, and importance and impact of sexual development on psychosocial development and self-esteem. Although the film seems to focus more on the issues faced by developing young women, the trials of navigating manhood are also well portrayed. From a sociological perspective aspects such as music highlight the influence of pop-culture on sexual development, particularly, one may opine, an unhealthy modern development of adolescent sexuality. The film also tackles the difficulties of developing adolescents with cultivating and maintaining healthy relationships on all levels, the seemingly uncertain or unestablished boundaries in plutonic and romantic relationships of the modern adolescent, and the physical, emotional, and social problems attributable to the modern emotional detachment from sexual relationships and the absence of communication which fuels such detachment.

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From a psszchological perspective, this film does a great job portraying the rites of passage into young womanhood, the importance of female role models in the transition, and importance and impact of sexual development on psychosocial development and self-esteem. Although the film seems to focus more on the issues faced by developing young women, the trials of navigating manhood are also well portrayed. From a sociological perspective aspects such as music highlight the influence of pop-culture on sexual development, particularly, one may opine, an unhealthy modern development of adolescent sexuality. The film also tackles the difficulties of developing adolescents with cultivating and maintaining healthy relationships on all levels, the seemingly uncertain or unestablished boundaries in plutonic and romantic relationships of the modern adolescent, and the physical, emotional, and social problems attributable to the modern emotional detachment from sexual relationships and the absence of communication which fuels such detachment.

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A solemn story, much of it because of the accurate reflection of the naivete and immaturity of youth. Unfortunate too is the alienation of our society that completely divides adults and youth leaving both to fend for themselves as our previously accepting and productive society crumbles.

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Good, but diminished by it's desire to be edgy.

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i did not find this interesting and it was hard to follow though socially open in topic there did not seem to be points of interest to carry the viewers attention. I could not even finish it I found it so boring! I do not recommend the viewing of this film !

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It's easy to see why this has made several top ten lists. The adolescent characters are confused and make questionable decisions, but the movie never treats them with condescension and never makes them less than human. The cinematography and sound are beautifully atmospheric.

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Gina Piersanti is great as Lila_all the kids are great the emotion (lila) is powerful _beautiful film seems so real_i just kept liking it more and more

This is gorgeously shot, the scenes reek of the desire and self loathing of adolescence. It's also beautifully acted, and clearly the director/writer is incredibly talented in crafting dialogue that's uncomfortably real and guiding the actors to deliver it in moving yet understated style. Can't wait to see BEACH RATS.

A bit sad and sad review of the hardships undergone by teens

For those seeking a tonic to the more idealistic portrayals of coming of age we have seen recently, check this film out. First time writer-director Eliza Hittman highlights the ennui, discomfort, and humiliation that is too often swept under the rug. She has done such a marvelous job here that her name could simultaneously be placed alongside Todd Solondz and Cate Shortland. I can't wait to see what she does next.

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Hello! It Looked Like Love but it wasn't The Real Thing! It Was a rip off! It Was a Tease not Real True Romance Love from The Heart and Soul! Better Luck Next Time! Oh Well not All Movies Are So very Good These Days Right? Right! Thank You For The Opportunity to find out for Myself! I am still convinced that Probably most of Your Other Movies are Good! Right? Right! Thank You anyway! Good Bye! Next!!!!!!!!!!!!!............. Sincerely, Love Glenn Your Friend, GlennRalphRowehl@gmail.com

Pretty good. Prettttttttyyyyyyyyy good.