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Water Lilies 2007


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3.7 out of 5 stars (17) IMDb 6.7/10

Summer in a new suburb outside Paris. Nothing to do but look at the ceiling. Marie, Anne and Floriane are 15. Their paths cross in the corridors at the local swimming pool, where love and desire make a sudden, dramatic appearance.

Warren Jacquin, Adele Haenel
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 25 minutes
Starring Warren Jacquin, Adele Haenel, Christelle Baras, Pauline Acquart, Alice de Lencquesaing, Louise Blachere, Marie Gili-Pierre
Director Celine Sciamma
Genres Drama
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages French

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By Henk Beentje TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 April 2009
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A strange and impressive film - very French, but also very appealing to anyone who remembers what it was/is to be young, confused about the differences between friendship/infatuation and love, about feeling you don't know the rules, and slowly realising the rules have been made and accepted by others, but they might not actually be rules thet you have to follow. I think that is a bit where the synchronized swimming parallel comes in! But the swimming is not the subject of this film - love is. Or the feelings of two (maybe three) 15-year old girls. I think this film touches upon... the mix between the child's world, the regulated world, and the world where you feel you have to become adult, don't know how to go about it, and other people seem to know stuff and all you feel is confusion, and fear of embarrassment not knowing what to do... about jealousy, without being able to utter it or do something about it.... about not being able to say what you feel... it's all here, recognizable even if it's in French and in girl... painful, touching, moving.

The young star, Pauline Acquart, is particularly good. It is all very evocative. And all those scenes in the swimming pool brought back the smell of chlorinated water vividly, too - and smells, like the little hints dropped here and there in the film, call up memories and feelings very well
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Great little French film, not for everyones taste but I found the film made with sensitivity and humour. 3 girls growing up and going through those awkward stages, feelings and emotions involved with sexual and emotional awakening. Excellent performances from all concerned especially Pauline Acquart as the love struck teenager learning the difference between love, lust and reality. If you like French cinema you'll like this, not a lot going on but a lot of subtle character devlopment and many things intimated rather than explicitly said or expressed, just like real life in other words. I think to characterise this film as a lesbian movie misses the point by a long way, the French have far more liberal attitudes to sexuality than the english, its all part of growing up and the distinction is blurred. I see this is merely a film about teenagers growing up and disovering the confusions of love and sex that hit you at that age.
I think anyone watching this, whether male or female would be able to relate to it and I found it rather poignant as I realised I hadn't had to deal with all those things for many years but that's only because I'd become a boring grown up! Small price to pay for a very watchable movie.
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I came across this film by chance and thought I would give it a go. I must admit that I was surprised that in the first 12 minutes I had seen a girl that looked about 13 in her underwear, and one not looking much older showing full frontal nudity. However if you think that this is some type of pervy film, you will be disappointed, that is more or less all you see. I don't know how old the main leads are but they do look like the 15 year olds they are playing, which makes a change from some films I have seen.

Although the story on the main is quite simple, once you start watching this you find many subtlties that add to your viewing pleasure. All the three girls act really well, and many people mention Pauline Acquart, but for me I thought that Louise Blachere was great and could go very far as a comic actress. The story revolves around three fifteen year old girls, Marie (who is the youngest looking and the slimmest), Anne (who is the 'fat' one, although she looks more like your average girl next door), and Floriane (who can be seen as the prettiest, with the perfect body). Although a coming of age tale with hormones raging, Marie is in love with Floriane, who is really just a big tease, and tends to use people for what she can get. Anne is ashamed of her body shape and is in love with Francois, who is after Floriane.

In places this does lose pace and direction, but this is made up by the acting skills of the leads. This was Celine Sciamma's debut as writer and director and she can surely only go to greater heights from here. It is good to see a French film that once again shows that Hollywood needs to learn from its European counterparts how to make something that is sophisticated and classy, rather than some of the dross they turn out.
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Water Lilies is one of the most remarkable films about adolescent girls, in fact I can think of few others that focus on them with this degree of truth and purity. It feels very much like a film made from a woman's perspective, as indeed it is, and has some indefinable reach that a male director would probably not have been able to achieve. Plus the fact that it could so easily have been exploitative, but definitely isn't. So it seems as if Celine Sciamma chose her subject well, and she builds a magnificent portrait of three fifteen-year-old girls and their intimate feelings, longings and insecurities. The setting is banal, and their school life is not shown at all, nor are their parents - instead Sciamma focuses on the swimming pool, where one of the three, Floriane, does synchronised swimming. The essence of the film lies in this girl's flirtations with boys, and one in particular, which mask a real insecurity, and her friendship with Marie, who has a crush on her. The third girl would be considered a bit odd, and an outsider, the kind who never interests boys, although she certainly wants to. Through the pared down visuals - Sciamma lets the girls' natural beauty carry the film visually, in this sense being like a female Larry Clark - the film takes you right into their emotions and their ambiguities, and is poised, yet dissolves into the celluloid, as into the water that is so present also. It really has a startling intimacy, and somehow makes you sympathetic to all three girls without any sentimentalising - by the end you just feel the wonder and the harshness of this phase of life, where the emotions are often painfully unsynchronised, yet there is wonder in any case.
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