Flix Not to Miss: ‘It Felt Like Love’

It Felt Like Love, by first-time feature director Eliza Hittman, follows 14-year-old Lila (a perfectly cast Gina Piersanti) as she pursues an older teenage boy.

There are a few passing similarities between It Felt Like Love and Andrea Arnold’s similar themed Fish Tank. Hittman distinguishes herself with intimate closeups and following subjects with tracking shots through parties and wooded areas of outer Brooklyn.

This coming-of-age drama premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and is a recipient of the Nancy Malone Marketing & Promotion Grant. It was fiscally sponsored by New York Women in Film & Television.

It Felt Like Love is playing at the IFC Center in NYC. 

— M.A. ST JOHN

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