Girls Can't Swim
Girls Can't Swim (2002)

Two teenage girls find their interests and attractions taking decidedly different directions as they mature in this coming-of-age drama from France. Gwen (Isild Le Besco) is a 15-year-old growing up quickly in a French coastal town, where… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 19, 2002
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The well-acted Girls Can't Swim is a sensitive depiction of two girls' coming-of-age.

Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly

The film's intimate camera work and searing performances pull us deep into the girls' confusion and pain as they struggle tragically to comprehend the chasm of knowledge that's opened between them.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I felt sad for Lise not so much because of what happens as because she was captured by this movie when she obviously belongs in something lighter and sunnier, by Rohmer, for example.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An overly melodramatic but somewhat insightful French coming-of-age film ...

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

Birot has succeeded in making a movie that has some laughs, low points and high ideals.

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Loren King
Chicago Tribune

Despite its shortcomings, Girls Can't Swim represents an engaging and intimate first feature by a talented director to watch, and it's a worthy entry in the French coming-of-age genre.

Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

The heedless impetuousness of youth is on full, irritating display in [this] meandering and pointless French coming-of-age import from writer-director Anne-Sophie Birot.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Until its final minutes this is a perceptive study of two families in crisis -- and of two girls whose friendship is severely tested by bad luck and their own immaturity.

Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News

Compelling, beautifully photographed French import.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a well-observed and disturbing little movie

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Two best friends that have been separated look forward to spending the summer together. All's not as well as it first appears though. Gwen is a confused… More