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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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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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"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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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Highly Promising Newcomer, 7 October 2009
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

The significance of French title of this film, "La Naissance des Pieuvres" which literally means "The Birth of the Octopuses", is rather obscure, so it is perhaps not surprising that it has been marketed in English-speaking countries as "Water Lilies". The "lilies" of the English title are three teenage girls, Marie, Anne and Floriane, who are members of a synchronised swimming team based in the Paris suburbs, and the film is a "coming-of-age" drama about the development of their first sexual feelings.

One feature of the film, perhaps unusual for a film of this type, is that it concentrates exclusively on relationships between the young people themselves. We see nothing of their parents or their teachers, and very little of the adult world at all. The three girls are very different in appearance, and are portrayed as being very different in character. The shy, retiring Marie is slim and petite and appears to be the youngest of the three. Anne is something of a plain Jane, Floriane a glamorous blonde who is very popular with the boys. The three, together with a handsome male swimmer named Francois, are involved in what might be described as a love-quadrilateral.

Anne has fallen in love with Francois, but he is smitten with Floriane, who seems to return his affections, although he is by no means her only male admirer. Indeed, not all of Floriane's admirers are male, because Marie has a crush on her attractive friend. The film charts the way in which their friendship develops; at first it seems that Floriane is simply using Marie as a convenient excuse when she is in fact going out to meet boys; her parents presumably object to her dating boys, but have no objection to her going out with female friends. Later, however, we realise that, despite Floriane's image as the sexy, popular girl who is always the centre of male attention, she actually reciprocates Marie's feelings. The film reverses some conventional stereotypes about sexuality. Anne, with her short hair and rather chunky figure, looks typically "butch", yet she is the only one of the three main characters who is unambiguously heterosexual, whereas the more conventionally feminine Marie and the glamorous Floriane are lesbian, or at least bisexual.

Coming-of-age films are common enough, although most of them tend to avoid the controversial topic of teenage lesbianism. "Water Lilies", however, deals with its subject-matter in a sensitive way, with three very good performances from its three leading actresses, Pauline Acquart, Adele Haenel and Louise Blachere. The relationships between the characters, especially that between Marie and Floriane, are complex, and capable of a number of interpretations. (Is Floriane, for example, simply using Marie for sex, or does she genuinely have romantic feelings for her? Could Floriane's sluttish behaviour with Francois and the other boys be just a device to hide her lesbian feelings from the outside world? Or even to hide them from herself?) This was the first film made by its young director Celine Sciamma (only 27 at the time); on this basis she must be regarded as a highly promising newcomer. 7/10

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