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Release Date:
15 August 2007 (Belgium) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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One of the most insightful films about teenagers I've seen See more (29 total) »

Cast

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Pauline Acquart ... Marie
Louise Blachère ... Anne

Adèle Haenel ... Floriane
Warren Jacquin ... François
Christel Baras ... L'inspectrice
Marie Gili-Pierre ... La caissière (as Marie Gili Pierre)
Alice de Lencquesaing ... Fille vestiaire
Claire Pierrat ... Fille vestiaire 2
Barbara Renard ... Natacha
Esther Sironneau ... La vendeuse
Jérémie Steib ... Le masseur
Yvonne Villemaire ... La voisine
Christophe Vandevelde ... Type boîte (as Chrisophe Vandevelde)

Directed by
Céline Sciamma 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Céline Sciamma 

Produced by
Bénédicte Couvreur .... producer
Jérôme Dopffer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jean-Baptiste de Laubier  (as Para One)
 
Cinematography by
Crystel Fournier 
 
Film Editing by
Julien Lacheray 
 
Casting by
Christel Baras 
Laure Cochener 
 
Production Design by
Gwendal Bescond 
 
Art Direction by
Pascal Leguellec 
 
Set Decoration by
Geraldine Laferte 
 
Costume Design by
Marine Chauveau 
 
Makeup Department
Marie Luiset .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Xavier Bonnet .... assistant unit manager
Hakim Cherikh .... unit manager trainee
Bénédicte Couvreur .... production manager
Maud Quiffet .... unit manager
Bachir Sareh .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Delphine Daull .... first assistant director
Yann Kaïm .... trainee assistant director
Jérémie Steib .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Mathieu Chatagnon .... ripper
Pascal Leguellec .... first assistant production designer
Olivia Talan .... property master
 
Sound Department
Pierre André .... sound editor
Pierre André .... sound mixer
Francis Bernard .... sound trainee
Franck Duval .... boom operator
Stéphane Le Dall .... boom operator
Daniel Sobrino .... sound re-recording mixer
Mathieu Villien .... sound trainee
 
Visual Effects by
Eric Delmotte .... main titles designer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacques Ballard .... first assistant camera: underwater unit
François Chevreau .... first assistant camera
Jonas Kail .... grip
Jérémie Leloup .... key grip
Richard Mercier .... second camera operator
Cyril Mousseigne .... best boy electric
Muriel Olivier .... gaffer
Stéphane Raymond .... second assistant camera
Julien Saffroy .... additional grip
Philippe Vene .... camera operator: underwater unit
 
Casting Department
Thomas Bidart .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Jean-Christophe Bouzy .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Roselyne Bellec .... script supervisor
Véronique Ruggia .... acting coach
Christophe Régin .... production secretary
 
Thanks
Philippe Carcassonne .... thanks
Danièle D'Antoni .... thanks
Elisabeth Depardieu .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Naissance des pieuvres" - France (original title)
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France:85 min
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Continuity: When Marie first gets into the water, invited by Floriane, Marie's hair is already wet.See more »
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
One of the most insightful films about teenagers I've seen, 22 August 2010
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Emotionally brutal tale of teenage sexual yearnings. Pauline Acquart is a gawky 14 or 15 year old who obsesses over the slightly older, supposedly sexually promiscuous captain of her school's synchronized swimming team (Adele Haenel). Meanwhile, Acquart's tubby best friend (Louise Blanchere) obsesses over a boy, Francois, who is himself trying to bang Haenel. The film sometimes seems just a tiny bit sleazy because it really does focus a lot on these horny teenage girls, and, as it's mostly told from the point of view of Acquart, it sometimes seems obsessed with Haenel's body. But whatever prurient reasons one might have for watching this, it's impossible to deny how deeply it bores into the psyche of Acquart. And, Christ, does she give a fantastic performance. It also has a lot of insight into Haenel's character. You kind of hate her, just because she's so damn manipulative and cruel toward Acquart. She almost immediately recognizes what Acquart wants, as she's so used to getting the same attitude from the men in her life, and she uses it to her advantage. In one particularly painful sequence, she grinds on Acquart on the dance floor, but only because she knows some douchebag guy will find it hot. The two girls are just about to kiss for the first time, and Acquart opens her eyes to find Haenel has backed into the guy behind her and started to grind on him instead. The Blanchere subplot, on the other hand, is somewhat less successful. She's kind of dumb and childish (for what it's worth, Acquart, who has presumably been her friend since they were kids, is starting to feel the same; Blanchere is kind of like a safe place to back off to when her relationship with Haenel gets to be too frustrating). The culmination of her part of the film, though, is pretty satisfying. This is definitely one of the best films I've ever seen about teenagers. Despite the fact that I'm a straight guy, Water Lilies dragged some very painful memories from my own teen years to the surface.

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Floriane did care deeply for Marie. Some reasons why! (*SPOILERS*) scoobysnack831
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