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My First Summer

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dreamy teen queer romance has language, suicide references.

Movie NR 2020 80 minutes
My First Summer movie poster: Two White teenage girls sit crossed legged on the floor of a sun-bathed room, looking into each other's eyes.

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Tender, sweet, and presented with a dreamlike filter, this Australian coming-of-age tale is a beautifully honest, uncomplicated, and confident debut from writer/director Katie Found. My First Summer is an exploration of girlhood and growth, of two teens finding an intense connection at just the right point in their lives. Their physicality moves from loving and soothing to equally loving and sexual, the pair wearing their vulnerability on their sleeves when they admit they "don't know what to do" -- something many teens of their age would keep hidden to save face. But there's something about their shared experience that provides a safety, not just in their remote hideout, but in each other. Sure, the sheer naivety of Claudia is a little jarring in the early scenes, and the moments of playing in water and beneath billowing sheets veer into familiar territory. But the relationship is handled with such care and intimacy, and the cinematography with such artistry and freedom, that this stands out among its peers as a film as warm, moving, and memorable as its central romance.

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