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Water Lilies (2007)

Naissance des pieuvres (original title)
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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.

Director:

Céline Sciamma

Writer:

Céline Sciamma
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Les allées
by Para One
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Viva adolescence! Backing to our forbidden Yesterdays
18 August 2007 | by amir_rayatnazariSee all my reviews

I saw it at Cinema MK2 Hautefeuille just one night after its first public projection in Paris. A very pretty film about three 15 years old teenagers, all of them just at about the same psychologically stages. Many of the scenes let us to come back to our adolescence age & our first feelings about sexual relations. it is possible to imagine that the director would like to reduce the first strong sensual feelings of the girls to lesbianism, but even in that case she doesn't corrupt the likelihood of the story. You can sometimes find the film a little slow but it is what creates this intimate atmosphere. I fund the young actresses of talent, special mention with Floriane and Marie, very convincing. There are many small details but this film also enabled me to discover what synchronized swimming is: impressing!


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 August 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Water Lilies See more »

Filming Locations:

Cergy, Val-d'Oise, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,418, 6 April 2008

Gross USA:

$85,440

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$628,258
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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