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Girls Can't Swim (2000)
"Les filles ne savent pas nager" (original title)

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Gwen is a teenager living in a small coastal town. Lise is her best friend, a city girl who comes every year with her family to spend the summer. This year things are different though; at ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Isild Le Besco ...
Gwen
Karen Alyx ...
Lise
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Céline
Pascal Elso ...
Alain
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Anne-Marie
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Solange
Sandrine Blancke ...
Vivianne
Julien Cottereau ...
Frédo
Dominique Lacarrière ...
Rose
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France Besson
Damien Boenwec
Yves Claessens
Sylvie Contant
Youenn Dorval
Julien Honoré
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Gwen is a teenager living in a small coastal town. Lise is her best friend, a city girl who comes every year with her family to spend the summer. This year things are different though; at first Lise might not come at all, and when she does it is obvious that Gwen grew up faster than she did. Written by Marcelo R. <marcelo_fpr@hotmail.com>

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18 October 2000 (France)  »

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Les filles ne savent pas nager  »

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$5,238 (USA) (19 April 2002)

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$68,460 (USA) (15 November 2002)
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A Hidden Gem
26 March 2003 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This film was a startling surprise. I found the natural performances and "un-rushed" pacing remarkably refreshing. I would compare the originality of the teenage characters more to Ghost World than the way they are often portrayed in popular American films like "Fast Times . ." or "Clueless". Gwen is a full of life, imaginitive, dark and original character. Lise was the misguided, down on her luck loner looking for answers in her mixed up world. I dont see how people could say this was boring.

How many times have you seen two French teenagers slap each other with fish guts. No, there is no gun scene and unlike Road to Perdition, it lacks stylized violence which may be hard for some viewers to handle. Aside from the abrupt ending, Its original characters, lovely seaside vistas, natural performances, and creative storytelling make this a hidden masterpiece.


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