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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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Magnificent Film! - Extremely well made - 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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Magnificent Film! - Extremely well made -, 6 February 2010
Author: Chris Smith (RockPortReview) from United States

Water Lilies 1/30/2010

This is an amazingly fearless movie that tackles issues no Hollywood studio would touch. "Water Lilies" is a French film that deals with the lives of three distinct teen female characters and their very real struggles. Set in the world of synchronized swimming, director Celine Sciamma takes you on a disturbingly honest depiction of the lives of modern teenage girls.

The sport of synchronized swimming is very similar to the internal struggles of each of the girls, with all of the furious action and kicking occurring just under the surface. Marie is a fifteen year old tom boyish girl that tends to keep to herself. She is short and is envious of the older more developed girls. She is best friends with the second main girl Anna. She is overweight and often resorts to childish behavior. She fears growing up and being alone. Then there is Floriane the hottest girl in school and captain of the swim team. All of these characters share many of the same problems and deal with them in very different ways. When Marie sees Floriane perform at a school swim meet she quickly becomes enamored with her. Her grace, beauty and popularity make most all the girls in school envious. Marie makes a deal with her so she can watch the team practice. In return Marie has to be the reason for Floriane to leave the house at night to hook up with random boys. Floriane seems to have everything under control and lives a perfect life, but we find out that can't be further from the truth. Her beauty makes her feel like an outsider, as she sticks out in a crowed. Other girls are jealous and mean to her, as she is looked upon as the school slut.

No matter who we are or how we look everybody has body image issues and this is further compounded by the popular media. Television, movies, and magazine mold young minds into thinking what is normal and what is acceptable. Anna and Floriane like the same guy, François. There a few scenes between Marie and Floriane that will make certain audiences extremely uncomfortable. That has developed a sort of controversy between groups of people. Some think that the film is nothing but a cheap exploitation of teen sex. Maybe there would be more of a basis for an argument if the film was made by a man, but it wasn't. Director Celine Sciamma looks to takes great care and sensitivity to the actors and the story. This film is not for everyone but you will get hooked by the likable true to life characters.

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