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First Girl I Loved

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Kerem Sanga

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About the Movie

Winner of the Best of NEXT Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, First Girl I Loved is a poignant coming-of-age tale that captures all the anxiety, bravery, and heartbreak of first love. On assignment for her high-school yearbook, social-misfit Anne (Dylan Gelula) charmingly hits it off with the beautiful star of the softball team, Sasha (Brianna Hildebrand). But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton (Mateo Arias) about her new crush, he reveals a hidden jealousy that threatens more than just the girls’ budding romance. Writer/director Kerem Sanga tells this remarkably touching story with a multifaceted style that is as fresh as it is daring. Brimming with authenticity and humor, First Girl I Loved offers a delightful, contemporary perspective on the jitters of new romance and the age-old heartbreak of love.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

86%
  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Sanga creatively employs a swirl of text messages, voice-overs, baseball signals and other linguistic modes to beautifully illustrate the jumble of thoughts cascading through young minds. – Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Oct 6, 2016

Fresh: A sophisticated and complex teenage coming of age story. – Katie Walsh, The Playlist, Oct 22, 2016

Fresh: A woozy and wonderful queer teen romance. – David Ehrlich, indieWire, Oct 18, 2016

Fresh: The rest of the piece sometimes gets away from its writer/director but when it focuses on its pair of committed actresses, it's believable, confident and even moving. – Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com, May 5, 2016

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Customer Reviews

WONDERFUL!

This was my favorite film at Sundance '16. It's a beautiful and genuine love story with amazing performances and great music. It's a joy to watch and will stay with you long after the final credits roll.

Stunning

This film was most definitely a roller coaster with all the characters, but it made such a beautiful story to portray. I will most definitely be watching this film over and over again. It's worth every minute.

Well worth the purchase

I saw this movie at Sundance and was really touched by Anne's story about finding herself. Even though I'm a few years older than the main character, I found her journey very relatable and the performance of the lead actress (DYLAN GELULA of KIMMY SCHMIDT fame) dynamic.

The movie is romantic, touching, and good enough to see multiple times. You can't say this about a lot of movies these days but this one is well worth the purchase.

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