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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.

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Céline Sciamma

Writer:

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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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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Actress Adèle Haenel came out at the French Academy Awards in 2013 by thanking her girlfriend filmmaker Celine Sciamma, who she met while making this movie. Haenel was 18 and Sciamma was 27 at the time Water Lillies was filmed. 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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coming-of-age story
28 December 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Scrawny Marie (Pauline Acquart) and awkward chubby friend Anne (Louise Blachère) are standard outsiders. It's summer and they hang out at the pool watching the synchronized swimmers. Marie befriends beautiful Floriane (Adèle Haenel) who leads the swim team. Floriane is the subject of much gossip. Marie starts hanging out with Floriane putting pressure on her friendship with Anne. Meanwhile Anne is obsessed with hunky François.

It's a story of sexual searching and an awkward coming-of-age. There are a few daring scenes. I love when Marie and Anne have a fight. However the plot feels a bit too slight. It's too quiet and the danger is all internal. I want more conflicts. In the end, some stuff happens but they all end up in the same place.


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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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