31 January 2013 12:47 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

One of the much-vaunted Sundance slate of movies directed by women, "It Felt Like Love" marks yet another micro-budget hand-held look at an adolescent's coming of age. This one is well-shot in HD by director Eliza Hittman, a Cal Arts grad making her feature debut after screening her short "Untitled" at Sundance, with help from D.P.  Sean Porter and rookie teen actress Gina Piersanti, who has a future. Filmed in the Brooklyn area, on the beach and other local environs, the movie is slow, intimate and almost silently observational but eventually its impact builds as this motherless lonely young girl seeks connection via sex with an older guy. Some of Hittman's images are hauntingly memorable. Next up: Rotterdam. More festival reviews below. THR: "Piersanti and Hittman jointly hit exactly the right notes in depicting an innocent kid's transparent attempts to seem worldly. Lila reuses Chiara's comments verbatim, bragging to the. »

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