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Fourteen year old Lila envies the ease with which her best friend Chiara, on the cusp of her sixteenth birthday, deals with boys. Chiara has been sexually active, although she has only gone to third base with her current boyfriend, Patrick. With no experience whatsoever on the sexual front, Lila has no adult guidance with her mother having passed, and she and her father often being at odds with each other. Lila's primary exposure to sex or sexual foreplay is being the third wheel in Chiara and Patrick's outings. In her naivety, Lila believes that what she sees between Chiara and Patrick has the potential to last forever. Regardless of her total inexperience, Lila likes to portray herself as having at least gone to third base, she doing so by mimicking what she hears from Chiara and other sexually active teens. In her own mind, Lila wants to lose her virginity, despite, if she was honest with herself, being more closely emotionally mature to her twelve year old neighbor, Nate, than ...Written by
"It Felt Like Love" follow's Lilia (Gina Piersanti) in her journey to womanhood.
"It Felt Like Love" can only be described as the film embodiment of female teenage sexuality. In her debut as both a director and screenwriter Eliza Hit-man has been able to accurately capture the awkward moments in time in which girls become women, and how these events shape us. The film's often unsentimental setting reflects it's overall tone of disenchantment. Lila (Gina Piersanti) naturalistic acting reminds us of our own struggles in painful stage of growth. The film redefines the concept of coming of age in literature and film by dissecting the romantic concepts often found in Bildungsroman type stories. "It Felt Like Love" shows the gritty and devastating consequences of discovering one's sexuality, and in a way that many veteran director, writers, and actors have not been able to before.
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