Bask in the awkwardness.
Lila (Gina Piersanti) is a shy girl that's trying very hard to emulate her more sexually charged friend, Chiara. (Giovanna Salimeni) She mimics some of the stories Chiara tells her to her younger neighbor, pretending she's lived them herself. When she sees Sammy (Ronen Rubinstein) a college aged guy who knows Chiara from his neighborhood, she attempts to insert herself into his life so that she can experience the things she feels she's behind on.
This was a film that had a bit of buzz around the time it was at the Sundance Film Festival a few years ago. It even managed to score a few Independent Spirit Nominations. It's director/writer Eliza Hittman's first full length feature and I think she does a wonderful job. It reminded me a bit of Kids, watching Lila make terrible decisions and put herself in bad situations. Hittman really does capture how awkward those years can be, especially for girls. This film doesn't go as far as Kids did. Sammy, though he never sends Lila away doesn't take advantage of her like you're expecting him too.
Most of the actors in this film were just starting out, or had only a few credits to their name before this. They all felt natural in their roles, and Piersanti showed a lot of promise. It's not a film I'd probably watch again, but I can't help but praise a small film with a great first start by the director and her cast.
Memorable Quote: "But you've had it happen before, right?" - Lila (Gina Piersanti)