Water Lilies

Water Lilies

Céline Sciamma (2007)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Three teenagers who are part of a synchronised swimming team and growing up in a Parisian suburb struggle with the pressures of puberty. Impulsive Anne has set her sights on a male swimmer for her first sexual encounter, while Marie struggles to separate her feelings of friendship and attraction for the beautiful Floriane. Drama, with Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachere and Adele Haenel. In French.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Céline Sciamma
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Slingshot StudiosGuidance: Nudity and sex scenes.Available on: DVDReleased on: 14 Mar 2008