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Water Lilies (2007)

Naissance des pieuvres (original title)
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.



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Complete credited cast:
Pauline Acquart ...
Louise Blachère ...
Warren Jacquin ...
Christel Baras ...
Marie Gili-Pierre ...
La caissière (as Marie Gili Pierre)
Alice de Lencquesaing ...
Fille vestiaire
Claire Pierrat ...
Fille vestiaire 2
Barbara Renard ...
Esther Sironneau ...
La vendeuse
Jérémie Steib ...
Le masseur
Yvonne Villemaire ...
La voisine
Christophe Vandevelde ...
Type boîte (as Chrisophe Vandevelde)


Three girls, each about 15, deal with puberty, the onset of sexual attraction, and, for two, the pressure of virginity. Marie, who's slight and diffident, quiet and nearly expressionless, is friends with Anne, who's a bit chunky and impulsive and has decided that François will be her first love. Watching synchronized swimming, Marie is suddenly attracted to the team captain, Floriane, beautiful, aloof, tall, and rumored to be a slut. François pursues her. Marie begins to hang around her; they trade favors, and soon it's an odd sort of friendship. Each of the three experiences her own first, and Marie must sort out attraction and friendship. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

15 August 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Les pieuvres  »

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Opening Weekend:

$7,418 (USA) (4 April 2008)


$77,310 (USA) (8 August 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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When Marie first gets into the water, invited by Floriane, Marie's hair is already wet. See more »


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The slow voyage to adulthood
9 April 2008 | by (Maastricht, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Also known as "Water Lilies" this film tells the story of two girls as they struggle their way into the world of love and sex. This story is told at a slow pace and that works very well. It gives plenty of time and space to get to know the different characters and to grow somewhat attached to them.

Using a small cast puts some extra pressure on the people playing as they all have some more screen time than normal but the people playing in this film handle that well. Everyone is completely believable. Visual setting is great, especially the underwater shots in the swimming pool add a nice effect.

Many films have been made about the same subject though and this one does not really stand out above any of them. It pulls some "standard" pressure methods out of the high hat and works on them. It isn't bad, not at all, but it surely isn't great either and I do feel it could have done better if it had taken some what less explored angles.

7 out of 10 synchronous swimmers

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