Water Lilies

Synopsis: Three girls, each about 15, deal with puberty, the onset of sexual attraction, and, for two, the pressure of virginity. Marie, who's slight and diffident, quiet and nearly expressionless, is friends with Anne, who's a bit chunky and impulsive and has decided that François will be her first love. Watching synchronized swimming, Marie is suddenly attracted to the team captain, Floriane, beautiful, aloof, tall, and rumored to be a slut. François pursues her. Marie begins to hang around her; they trade favors, and soon it's an odd sort of friendship. Each of the three experiences her own first, and Marie must sort out attraction and friendship.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Céline Sciamma
Production: Koch Lorber Films
  4 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

Come in, bitch.

You're slobbering.

-You too.

Take some more.

Hi, ma'am.

-How are you?

I'm fine. Is Max in?

I'll bring him back.



I am letting out my dog.

I'll be back in an hour.

I won't be here.

Where will you be?

Somewhere else.

I won't be fetching you again.

Take care of your own fuckevents.


I didn't sleep with him.

-I don't care.

Or with anyone else for that matter.

That's not what they say.

I swear it, Marie.

That swimming instructor

who gave me a massage...

He never leaves me

and he chases me in the dressingroom.

He tells me he loves me.

What a laugher.

Seeing me half naked drives him crazy.

We kissed once,

which didn't help at all.

I only did it to bait

those stupid bitches.

So they're all bitches?

They don't like me,

so I don't like them.

Girls don't like me.

The guy from the pool...

One day I was training by myself,

and I held my breath under water,

Then I two hairy legs appeared.


he had his dick out,

and he showed it to me.

As if a stiff one in cold water

is attractive.


That's life.

You must have similar stories.

Come on, tell me.



You're lucky, Marie.

Very lucky.

Ok, bye.


I'm not tired.

Me neither.

Come in.

This is for you.

Try it on.

In here?

-Don't be bashful.

The ceiling is probably

the last thing people see.

At least for 90% of the people who die.


And if you die,

the last thing you see will be printed

in your eye. Like a photograph.

Imagine all those people

with ceiling in their eyes.

Ceilings will never be the same.

I was at Fracois.

It's always the same.

When we get close doing it,

I run away.

The poor boy doesn't understand.

-So tell him.

I can't.

If you don't wanna do it,

then don't.

I have to.

Is written where?

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Céline Sciamma

Céline Sciamma (born 12 November 1978) is a French screenwriter and film director. Sciamma's work is strikingly minimalist, partly the legacy of her mentor, Xavier Beauvois, who advised her while she was a student at the major French film school, La Fémis. While highly formalist and idiosyncratic (notably in her lack of dialogue and very stylized mise-en-scene), Sciamma's filmmaking, beginning with Water Lilies relates closely to the characteristics of first-time filmmaking in France, notably in its emphasis on coming-of-age films focused on adolescents or pre-adolescents. Sciamma is very interested, moreover, in the fluidity of gender and sexual identity among girls during this formative period. more…

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