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Water Lilies

Water Lilies
  • 2007
  • France
  • 83 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Céline Sciamma
  • Written by: Céline Sciamma
  • Cast: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adele Haenel
  • Language: French

The growing pains of a trio of 15-year-old girls, set mostly in the municipal swimming pool in a Parisian suburb, translate into arrogance and sexual confusion in their games of one-upmanship, social climbing and sexual awakening. This first time writer/director's effort is all too predictable, but is enough to make Sciamma one to watch.

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Interview - Céline Sciamma

13 Mar 2008

‘I wrote the screenplay for Water Lilies while I was studying screenwriting at La Femis film school in Paris, and the director Xavier Beauvois, who was on the graduation committee, told me I had to make the film myself. My starting point was that I…

Water Lilies (Naissance Des Pieuvres)

13 Mar 20083 stars

DRAMA (15) 83min The literal translation of this film’s French title is ‘Birth of Octopuses’, which is a far more apt description of how the growing pains of a trio of 15-year-old girls translate into arrogance and sexual confusion. Set in a new…

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