Naissance des Pieuvres (Water Lilies)
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Three 15-year-old girls living in the ultra-modern Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise find the dynamics of their relationships gradually beginning to shift in first-time filmmaker Céline Sciamma's intimate look into the world of synchronized swimming. Floriane (Adele Haenel) is a beautiful blonde with a perfect body and remarkable talent in the pool. Marie (Pauline Acquart) is something of a tomboy taken to water, and Anne (Louise Blachere) is an overweight-but-outgoing swimmer whose crush on a male swimmer (who only has eyes for the physically flawless Floriane) is about to forever change the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A fascinating exploration of female friendship, love, manipulation, betrayal and healing."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"While it never quite reaches Jack T. Ripper levels of absurdity, Water nonetheless drowns out its science with hazy spirituality and utterly preposterous claims. In the end, it all smells fishy."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"Frankly and sensitively packs in a lot of teen girls' yearning for conformity above the water line and down below%u2013 pressure, insecurity, romance, and sexual exploration."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"If poetry is about finding the perfect words to say something, then movie poetry is about finding perfect images. And Water Lilies has several of them."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A sensitive study of budding adolescent desires, a pervert's delight, plus synchronized swimming. Yes, Water Lilies will be many things to many people."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"A narrowly interesting story by French writer-director CÃ (C)line Sciamma about three girls whose lives are connected by synchronized swimming."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Celine Sciamma's quiet drama has moments of motionless yearning that contrast the intense emotions of its 15-year-old protagonists."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Borderline kiddie porn featuring sexual girl-on-girl garbage sniffing of one's favorite female object of desire, post-feminist burying instead of burning bras as female self-hatred, and gal pal how-to tips on deflowering your best friend."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Water Lilies is that rare film about female sexuality that is made for females to relate to, not for males to fantasize about."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Sciamma demonstrates the potential to make a truly erotic and interesting film. This just isn't it."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"First-time writer/director Celine Sciamma focuses exclusively, empathetically and insightfully on her protagonists' coming-of-age experiences."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The original French title of this flick translates as Birth of Octopuses, and it's a more accurate description of the complicated relationships in this well-acted coming-of-age story, the impressive debut of filmmaker Céline Sciamma."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"It'd all be tres dull if it weren't for the magnificent faces of Pauline Acquart and Adele Haenel. Actually, it still gets dull, even if at times the film skirts kiddie-porn territory."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Let's Not Listen
"...a coming of age tale that is at once raw and beautiful."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Unfortunately, this is not a satire like Dr. Strangelove -- it's a documentary in which talking heads spout pseudoscientific claptrap that comes across as all wet."
‑ Chad Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
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