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Water Lilies (2007)

Naissance des pieuvres (original title)
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 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 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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,310, 10 August 2008
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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L'axe majeur
by Para One
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Subtle french film about adolescence
11 March 2009 | by jpblondeauSee all my reviews

Not everything is said in this excellent first feature from Céline Sciamma. The friendship, the "wanting to fit in", the first sexual feelings... All this and much more is sublimated through the underwater synchro swimming scenes.

All three girls in the movie try to find and express their personality in a very different way. It is a much less violent approach to the understanding of the teenage years compared to, say, "Thirteen", but a very worthwhile trip nonetheless.

A must see, and please leave all American cinematographic preconceptions at he door. The soundtrack is A+ by the way.

Bon cinéma !


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