5.7/10
555
3 user 6 critic

First Girl I Loved (2016)

Trailer
2:14 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton - who has always harbored a secret crush - he does his best to get in the way.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
3,821 ( 289)
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

"Mungaru Male 2" is the sequel to 2006 Blockbuster "Mungaru Male". This romantic movie features Golden star Ganesh and Crazy star V.Ravichandran for the first time together along with ... See full summary »

Director: Shashank
Stars: V. Ravichandran, Ganesh, Neha Shetty
Almost Adults (2016)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A film about growing apart when growing up. Two best friends relationship strains when one deals with her newfound sexuality and the other with breaking up with her long term boyfriend.

Director: Sarah Rotella
Stars: Elise Bauman, Natasha Negovanlis, Winny Clarke
As You Are (2016)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Set in the early 1990's, "As You Are" is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.

Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Stars: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg
Barash (2015)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

17 year old Naama Barash enjoys alcohol, drugs and hanging out with like-minded friends. Her activities are an escape from a home where her parents always fight, and a rebellious, ... See full summary »

Director: Michal Vinik
Stars: Reut Akkerman, Dvir Benedek, Koral Bosidon
Lovesong (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The relationship between two friends deepens during an impromptu road trip.

Director: So Yong Kim
Stars: Riley Keough, Jessie Ok Gray, Cary Joji Fukunaga
Certain Women (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern
Carmilla (TV Series 2014)
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Small town girl Laura Hollis has just finally moved out to go to Silas University. When her missing roommate is replaced without explanation, Laura vows to find out what is happening on ... See full summary »

Stars: Elise Bauman, Natasha Negovanlis, Annie Briggs
Christine I (2016)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.

Director: Antonio Campos
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The squeaky-clean daughter of a "family values" preacher becomes a national political sensation and falls in love with her spin doctor -- another woman.

Directors: Andy Kirshner, Debbie Williams
Stars: Jaclene Wilk, Cara AnnMarie, Chris Lutkin
Haunted or Hoax (TV Series 2016)
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Casey and Jac are the creators of a new website called Haunted or Hoax. Together, they visit some of the most terrifying and creepy locations in an effort to determine if the paranormal stories they have heard are true.

Stars: Natasha Negovanlis, Isabel Kanaan, Sydney Kondruss
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Sasha
...
Sharon
...
Anne
...
Jasmine
...
Clifton
...
Mr. Q
...
Mr. Maldonado
...
Assistant Principal Heather Wiggins
...
Rita Basanez
...
Johnny Glasses
...
Jorge Basanez
...
Lexi
...
Manuela
Evan Gore ...
Softball Coach
Shawn Schminke ...
Softball Fan
Edit

Storyline

Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton - who has always harbored a secret crush - he does his best to get in the way.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

18 October 2016 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Fresh and Real Coming-Of-Age Film
29 January 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I went into this film completely blind. I saw it was part of the NEXT stream and considering the great films that came from last year's (James White), I didn't hesitate. Also, I love high school coming of age films, so I knew when I was at Sundance I was going to see at least one, because there is always one, and it's generally good. And lucky for me, FIRST GIRL I LOVED was fantastic.

We follow Anne, a high schooler who starts to form a relationship with a softball player, Sasha, at the dismay of Anne's best friend Clifton, who has had a crush on her since forever. The development of Anne's new feelings for this girl is one of the most real and least exploitative I've seen in film. There's no bullshit tropes that have become so derivative in 'lesbian' films, but even calling this a lesbian film is a disservice to what this film is about. Its a love story that doesn't try to push an agenda. Its sweet, heartbreaking and super cool all at once.

Dylan Gelula is fantastic as Anne. She shows awesome range, from the great highs she shares with Sasha to the haunting lows she endures with Clifton. Brianna Hildebrand was convincing as the popular, yet reserved Sasha. I'm glad this is the first thing I saw her in, before her appearance in Deadpool next month. It's a great film to start her breakout year. The chemistry the two girls share is so real. Their banter is effortless, developing their relationship at an organic pace. One thing that I love about their relationship is that its Anne who is trying to court Sasha. Anne is much more confident and cool than Sasha, and usually these narratives tell the story from the more self-conscious POV. FIRST GIRL I LOVED switched it up and it worked for the better, creating a unique and relatable romance.

The film features scenes that aren't entirely revealed until later in the story, creating a unique pace for the film. This allows mystery to form around the characters' motivations and reactions. When we are given the full scenes as the film plays out, its a satisfying surprise rather than a cheap trick. We see what the characters' want to remember about the events, but when they have to confront the reality of it, we see the true depths of what really entailed.

Louie's Pamela Aldon plays Anne's mother, and amazes which is no surprise to any fans of CK's show. And to my surprise, Tim Heidecker shows up as a counsellor in a role that is subtly hilarious and against type. Workaholics' Erik Griffin was equally hilarious.

I'm finishing this review two days after seeing the movie, and its still sinking in. I could keep talking about it, but all I need to say is that I loved it and I'm so eager to see it again. Out of the 11 films I saw at Sundance, this one is definitely among my favourites. Having ended the festival with this film, I could not be more satisfied.


64 of 78 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss First Girl I Loved (2016) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?