While bigger films like Ready Player One and A Quiet Place were entertaining large audiences at South by Southwest in mid-March, a smaller film quietly premiered and pleased audiences, and that film was First Match. Based on her own short that she completed back in 2010, First Match was clearly a labor of love for director Olivia Newman.
All that hard work appeared to pay off as the film won multiple awards at the festival, including the LUNA Gamechanger Award for Best Female Director of a first feature film. Amid a lot of rather unpleasant films that Netflix has released in recent months, First Match might become a sleeper hit for the streaming giant in a time when they sorely need one. The following review will be spoiler free.
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