Water Lilies

  • 15
  • Céline Sciamma (2007)
  • Fr (SUB)
  • 80 min
Water Lilies
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Set in the Paris suburb of Cergy, the debut feature of director Céline Sciamma captures the agonies of first love with a perceptive charm that cleverly exploits the teenage protagonists' obsession with synchronised swimming. It also confirms the old adage that appearances can be deceptive. Blonde beauty Adèle Haenel is not only the star of the swim team, but she's also dating handsome Warren Jacquin. However, she comes to rely upon adoring waif Pauline Acquart, whose sudden sense of importance by association causes her to neglect podgy pal Louise Blachère, who is herself bent on seducing Jacquin. Whether bitching or flirting, pursuing their desires or exposing their vulnerability, the female leads are superb. But it's Sciamma's insights into adolescent angst and social hierarchies that infuse this offbeat rite-of-passage tale with such emotional depth and unassuming wit.

Plot Summary

Drama about three teenage girls coming of age in the Parisian suburbs. When timid Marie falls in with Floriane, the attractive star of the synchronised swimming team, she neglects her relationship with her chubby and outspoken best friend, Anne.

Cast and crew

Cast

Marie
Pauline Acquart
Anne
Louise Blachère
Floriane
Adèle Haenel
François
Warren Jacquin
Natacha
Barbara Renard
The inspector
Christelle Baras
The cashier
Marie Gili-Pierre
Changing-room attendant
Alice de Lencquesaing
Changing-room attendant
Claire Pierrat
Clerk
Esther Sironneau

Crew

Director
Céline Sciamma

Other Information

Language: 
French +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Slingshot Studios
Guidance: 
Nudity and sex scenes.
Available on DVD
Released 14 Mar 2008
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Contender Entertainment Group
Categories
Drama

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