“Music is the only time I feel like I’m me.”
Jeremy (Robby Benson), an aspiring cellist, falls in love with Susan (Glynnis O’Connor), a new student at his high school.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- First Love
- Glynnis O’Connor Films
- New York
- Robby Benson Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “sweet, well-acted, unexploitative teenage romance” is notable for introducing stars Robby Benson and Glynnis O’Connor (real-life lovers) to the screen. Director Arthur Barron perfectly captures the nuances of first love, and handles Jeremy and Susan’s lovemaking scene with tenderness and taste. I like the fact that the screenplay allows us to see so much of Jeremy’s quirky life before he first spots Susan, indicating that this busy, independent young man is not especially pining for just any girlfriend, but instead falls truly in love with Susan.
- Glynnis O’Connor as an atypical, self-possessed young beauty
- Jeremy’s awkward attempts to woo Susan
- A sensitive, honest portrayal of teenage sexuality emerging from mutual love and respect
- Interesting on-location camera work in New York
No, but it’s recommended.