At 17 years of age, it’s not uncommon to know so little of yourself and what exactly it is you gravitate towards in another person.
For the protagonists of Karen Sanga’s unglamorous ‘First Girl I Loved’, the uncertainty of youth is captured quite organically through the raggedy Anne (Dylan Gelula, best known as Jane Krakowski’s emo daughter Xanthippe in ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’) and the more refined Sasha (Brianna Hildebrand, practically unrecognisable from her breakout role as Negasonic Teenage Warhead in ‘Deadpool’).
Anne is somewhat of an outcast at school, she hardly dresses to impress, and her hunched posture only highlights her social awkwardness. Sasha, on the other hand, practically walks on air as the star player of their high-school softball team, her perfectly aligned cheek dimples elevating her pure status.
Under normal circumstances these two would hardly mesh, but from the moment Anne spots her on the softball field she’s smitten, and her forwardness awakens something inside Sasha that she may or may not want to completely admit to.
‘First Girl I Loved’ is far from a groundbreaking film though, despite the honesty it conveys in both the lead performances, with the middle section of the film occasionally feeling quite aimless.
It doesn’t always lead where you expect it to however, and even when the film dips in quality, it manages to stay afloat off the back of the oddly alluring Gelula and the charismatic Hildebrand.
First Girl I Loved is screening now at New Farm Cinemas. Watch the trailer below: