Water Lilies
Water Lilies (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 2, 2008
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Water Lilies is a sharply-observed, provocative coming-of-age story that captures the anxieties of the early teen years.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

A fascinating exploration of female friendship, love, manipulation, betrayal and healing.

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Andrew Barker
Variety

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.

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Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

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.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

A narrowly interesting story by French writer-director CÃ (C)line Sciamma about three girls whose lives are connected by synchronized swimming.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Celine Sciamma's quiet drama has moments of motionless yearning that contrast the intense emotions of its 15-year-old protagonists.

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

First-time writer/director Celine Sciamma focuses exclusively, empathetically and insightfully on her protagonists' coming-of-age experiences.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

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Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Veronique Kwak
"water lilies" is a coming-of-age lesbian tale, seemingly designed for the interests of certain restricted group of audience. but the issue of… More
Nani Vang
A coming of age movie about two friends who are going through the struggles of fitting in and being wanted. They go through it differently, one wants a boy who… More
Anthony Lawrie
I have never been a 15 year old girl unsure of my sexuality and yet I strangely felt a connection and an understanding with this film. That is this films… More
Rubia Carolina
The typical beautiful, sexy and mean teenager girl that all boys want to sleep with and that girls hate for being a bitchy. <br/>A beautiful skinny kid… More
Randy Tippy
Céline Sciamma's coming of age melodrama that's titillating in it's sexual ambiguity. Céline expends a lot of screen-time fostering the tension… More
Gordon A
Honest portrayal of the horrors of puberty, french style. The lead has a restrained acting style which felt bland to me. Haenel could be the new Ludivine… More