Water Lilies

August 15th, 2007


Water Lilies

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Summer in a new suburb outside Paris. Nothing to do but look at the ceiling. Marie, Anne and Floriane are 15. Their paths cross in the corridors at the local swimming pool, where love and desire make a sudden, dramatic appearance.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.7/10 (3,462 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Céline Sciamma

Stars: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adele Haenel

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.

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


Official Website: Official MySpace [France] | Official site [uk] |

Release Date: 15 August 2007

Filming Locations: Cergy, Val-d'Oise, France

Opening Weekend: $7,418 (USA) (6 April 2008) (2 Screens)

Gross: $77,310 (USA) (10 August 2008)

Technical Specs

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User Review

Beautiful cinema about adolescence

Rating: 8/10

A bit slow (somehow like a Sofia Coppola movie) but still a very captivating film about the discovery of sexuality by three teenage girls. The magic of the movie lies in its capacity to bring back many memories to how it felt like to be their age. The confusion and the insecurities are portrayed in a very simple way but so true to life. The music is perfect and the acting is amazing. The camera works beautifully also. I highly recommend it for those who are not afraid to look back at this particular period of life when we discover our sexual impulses and our desires. I would also say that it is a fine film for young people going through that period. So many movies have been made about adolescence but this really captures the true essence of discovering the adult world of romance and its complexities.


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