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First Love

By Alan Ng | January 31, 2020

Fame, I believe, exists solely to test the bonds of friendship and family and find an easy way to get rich. Writer/director Michael Masarof explores fame and family in his feature film, First Love.

Rebecca and Matthew Rosetti (Annie Heise and Aaron Costa Ganis) are twin siblings, who have not seen one another for a very long time. Today, Rebecca is living her life as a typical celebrity who found fame fast. She’s holed up in a hotel room, afraid to leave, and questioning whether it was all worth it. Her only intimacy comes from a random delivery guy (Amin El Gamal), who she talks into casual sex. He’s at first conflicted, but then amenable for a quickie or two.

“…whether it’s worth it for him to ultimately save his sister from her own self-destructive behavior or cash in on their estranged relationship…”

Matthew, on the other hand, has not found success at all as a writer. No one cares about what he has to say unless it is about his sister. In fact, this becomes the central plot of First Love. Matthew has been approached by a literary agent, Richard (Arye Gross), to write a tell-all book about his sister. He could sure use that $10,000 advance, but all he has to do is convince her to sign a release.

The problem for Matthew is he has no idea where Rebecca is. That is until she calls him out of the blue and asks him, “am I a different person?”

The ultimate question for Matthew is whether it’s worth it for him to ultimately save his sister from her own self-destructive behavior or cash in on their estranged relationship for the money and tabloid fame.

First Love (2020)

Directed and Written: Michael Masarof

Starring: Annie Heise, Aaron Costa Ganis, Amin El Gamal, Arye Gross, etc.

Movie score: 6.5/10

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"…her only intimacy comes from a random delivery guy..."

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