First Match

First Match

First Match

A teenage girl signs up for an all-boys wrestling team in this high school boxing drama from Olivia Newman, based on her 2010 short film.

"Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighbourhood decides that wrestling boys is the only way back to her estranged father." (South by Southwest Film Festival)

Audience Award (Narrative Feature) & LUNA® Gamechanger Award, SXSW 2018
2018102 minsUSA
Drama

First Match / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Emanuelle manages to make us care about this bullying girl without pleading for sympathy.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Built around an impressive performance by relative newcomer Elvire Emanuelle, the drama recalls Karyn Kusama's Girlfight, though in that case the parental dynamics ran the opposite direction.

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