Fourteen-year-old Lila is experiencing an ennui-filled Brooklyn summer playing third wheel to Chiara, her more experienced friend, and Chiara’s boyfriend, Patrick. Determined to have a love interest of her own, a bravado-filled Lila pursues Sammy and manipulates herself deeper into his world.
This debut by director Eliza Hittman, with its stunning revelation of actress Gina Piersanti, is a breath of fresh air in a cinema so focused on young men. With a raw attitude and garnering comparisons to arthouse provocateurs like Catherine Breillat and Ulrich Seidl, we must say we’re impressed!
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