After meeting at a local pool over their summer break, a love triangle forms between three adolescent girls, which proves difficult to sustain as they each desire the love of another.

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Céline Sciamma

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Céline Sciamma
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Complete credited cast:
Pauline Acquart ... Marie
Louise Blachère ... Anne
Adèle Haenel ... Floriane
Warren Jacquin Warren Jacquin ... François
Christel Baras Christel Baras ... L'inspectrice
Marie Gili-Pierre Marie Gili-Pierre ... La caissière (as Marie Gili Pierre)
Alice de Lencquesaing ... Fille vestiaire
Claire Pierrat Claire Pierrat ... Fille vestiaire 2
Barbara Renard Barbara Renard ... Natacha
Esther Sironneau Esther Sironneau ... La vendeuse
Jérémie Steib Jérémie Steib ... Le masseur
Yvonne Villemaire Yvonne Villemaire ... La voisine
Christophe Vandevelde Christophe Vandevelde ... Type boîte (as Chrisophe Vandevelde)
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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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Drama | Romance

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Céline Sciamma's directorial film debut. See more »

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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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Marie: Who cares about being normal?
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Requiem
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Magnificent Film! - Extremely well made -
6 February 2010 | by RockPortReviewSee all my reviews

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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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 August 2007 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cergy, Val-d'Oise, France

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,418, 6 April 2008

Gross USA:

$85,440

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$628,258
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