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Girls Can't Swim (2000)

Les filles ne savent pas nager (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 18 October 2000 (France)
Even though they grew up in opposite parts of France, Gwen and Lise are best friends and spend every summer vacation together on the Brittany coast where Gwen lives and Lise's family has a ... See full summary »

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Anne-Sophie Birot
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Credited cast:
Isild Le Besco ... Gwen / Lise's friend
Karen Alyx Karen Alyx ... Lise / Gwen's friend
Pascale Bussières ... Céline / Gwen's mother
Pascal Elso Pascal Elso ... Alain
Marie Rivière ... Anne-Marie
Yelda Reynaud ... Solange
Sandrine Blancke Sandrine Blancke ... Vivianne
Julien Cottereau Julien Cottereau ... Frédo / Gwen's friend
Dominique Lacarrière Dominique Lacarrière ... Rose
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
France Besson France Besson
Damien Boenwec Damien Boenwec
Yves Claessens Yves Claessens
Sylvie Contant Sylvie Contant
Youenn Dorval Youenn Dorval
Julien Honoré Julien Honoré
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Storyline

Even though they grew up in opposite parts of France, Gwen and Lise are best friends and spend every summer vacation together on the Brittany coast where Gwen lives and Lise's family has a summer home. But this summer is different because Lise's family isn't going on vacation for reasons that she won't explain to Gwen. Sick of her parents bickering about money and missing her bosom buddy, Gwen finds a boyfriend and mingles with some horny out-of-townees. Now fifteen, she's discovered that summer can be fun even if Lise isn't there. Then suddenly, Lise shows up at Gwen's house uninvited to stay for a couple of weeks. The following days are filled with unexpected surprises, causing the girls to reevaluate the importance of their friendship and the nature of their teenage anxieties.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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A Hidden Gem
26 March 2003 | by swampscrapperSee 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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 October 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Banot Lo Sohot See more »

Filming Locations:

Brittany, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,238, 21 April 2002

Gross USA:

$69,250

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,250
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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