Water Lilies Film
Water Lilies opens this week in London at the Curzon Soho, Brixton Ritzy, Cineworld Fulham, Odeon Swiss Cottage; the Duke of York’s in Brighton; and the Cameo in Edinburgh. I’ve already posted the trailer and a few clips, now I’ve got the first 6 minutes of the film (press play to watch).
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It’s been getting excellent reviews and is in Time Out’s Critics’ Choice this week:
Sciamma is adept at turning complicated ideas about burgeoning teenage sexuality into a quiet film that indulges in lingering shots, studies of bodies, and a wistful synthy score without ever being indulgent…. It’s a refreshing, probing film from a new director who shows herself to be in absolute command of unique material.
TIME OUT ****
Celine Sciamma’s debut is an insight into the awkwardness of adolescence and the agony of first love….Its depiction of 15 year-olds as nascent adults without patronising or demonising them is refreshing- something European cinema consistently does better than Hollywood.
My Summer Of Love with synchronized swimming, this extraordinary French drama about burgeoning sexuality is as funny, quirky and frankly uncomfortable as suffering your first crush…Quite a remarkable film.
Water Lilies quickly blossoms into a touching valentine to that awkward period when every unrequited fancy is like a knife through the heart, and conformity raps the knuckles of self-expression and individuality.
At first glance, Water Lilies looks like other Euro dramas about bored teens living in quiet French suburbs, but, as a string of awards attest, there’s much more going on below the surface… Sumptuously shot, many scenes take place at the public pool where Esther Williams-style water ballet numbers reveal furiously paddling feet below the surface. A perfect metaphor for the teens themselves.
Set against the hitherto underused dramatic backdrop of synchronised swimming, this beguiling film quickly develops into a powerful coming of age tale.
FILM REVIEW ****
More on the film at the Water Lilies site.