Reviewed byCK BryantVote: 8/10/10
Kerem Sanga's First Girl I Loved is a coming of age story followingconfused high-schoolers trying to figure themselves out in respect towho their friends are, sexual preference and how to accept who they arein the face of so much uncertainty and the constant world of judgementthat is high school.
Anne, our protagonist, Cliff, the best-friend, and Sasha, the loveinterest, are like most high- schoolers in that they are confused aboutalmost everything. We follow their stories through a mixture offlashbacks and flash forwards in an almost cyclic view as we see Annecoming to terms with her sexuality.
For those who attended school in any capacity, you will recall theconfusion, the desire to fit in and the fear of judgment from peerswhilst simultaneously attempting to understand ones likes and dislikesand to keep it all together with no less than a smile. Both Anne andSasha comment on the pressure of how they are perceived by their peerswith the under confidence of some of the characters and the ability tobe unapologetically themselves becoming slightly frustrating forsomeone who wishes they too stood up for themselves when they wereyounger.
First Girl I Loved isn't all about teen angst and the confusing ride ofthe ups and downs of friendships. We are given an insight into theworld of Softball with subtitles coming up for the hand signals givenbetween a coach and his players and the comic relief in the textmessages between the two girls. In a technologically advanced world themobile phone has really been a big hit providing Kerem Sanga withanother medium for the characters to express emotions, one which theyounger members of the audience will relate to quite readily.
This heart-rendering and complex film comes away with the universalmessage that nothing can be that bad, even in the face of everythingfalling apart, with a little bit of self-acceptance life can be a wholelot easier.
Reviewed byThunder MazeVote: 10/10/10
Part of the reason I love this movie is because I relate to it so much.But if I am trying to look at it in a more unbiased state of mind Istill feel that as far as lesbian moves go this one is one of the goodones. The acting is great, the writing is real, and the directing ismoving.
There are few lines that are somewhat cringy but as far as the writinggoes, these lines fit into the general awkwardness and inexperiencethat comes along with teenage-hood. These actors are great in theirroles. I really believe that they have a connection and really careabout them. The screenplay, I believe, is very well done. And thedirecting helps create this emotional energy that I cannot explain.
I, in my own experience as a lesbian, relate to this movie so much.There are some scenes in the movie that I can just feel the emotionthat the actors are trying to get across. It is so eloquently portrayedthat I cannot help but feel a connection to it.
In short, this movie is good, maybe great. I liked it quite a bit andencourage you to watch it.
Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton - who has always harbored a secret crush - he does his best to get in the way.