January 31, 2013
By Anne Thompson
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.
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