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.
 
IMDB:
6.7
Metacritic:
65
Rotten Tomatoes:
77%
Year:
2007
85 min
Website
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WATER LILIES:

This was the pupils'team.

This ballet was presented by the juniorteam,

with Hlne,

Marie,

Nina,

Joanna,

Ada,

Manon,

and their captain...

Floriane.

I was nervous because of my parents.

Are you ok?

I'm waiting until my swimsuit is dry.

I forgot my briefs.

Sorry.

You sure took your time.

-I had to wait for the hair dryer.

I am a bit scared.

What level?

I don't know. Low.

Beginners.

You can enroll in september.

Hello.

-Hi, Floriane.

I can't join now?

Bring those in a month with a medical attest and a cheque.

Goodbye.

-Bye.

One is heavier.

- My mum did the laundry.

There's a party tonight.

At one of the girls'.

Everyone is going.

The waterpolo guys...

The synchronized girls.

Super.

-Shut up, that's good right.

It's nothing.

Want my 11 inches?

I don't know why I'm bothered,

I'm not normal.

Of course you are.

One arm is longer.

Were you invited?

-Where?

For the swimmers' party.

I know where it is.

I'm not wearing too much lipstick.

Otherwise he'll be covered with it.

I don't wanna have sex straight away, but I'm way behind on kissing

I think the countries where they marry off

Everything would be totally different then.

I want to kiss him.

What?

I saw your performance yesterday.

It was beautiful.

-Really?

Why?

I'd like to see you train.

You got gum?

I need someone to let me in.

Come here.

Does my breath stink?

Sure?

Hello.

Hello.

You ok?

Wait.

What do you want?

-To go inside.

Why would you want that?

-I want to watch.

If you'll let me in,

I'll do something for you.

Do what?

Anything.

I don't need anything.

Did you bring your swimsuit?

After that we'll do the barracuda.

Or will we do that one last?

That one we will do later.

Shall we start again?

Come in. You'll see it better then.

How do you do it?

I always make a mess.

That's stupid.

Oh, no. Boys always look

when a girl is eating a banana.

Everyone knows that.

It doesn't bother you.

You're on the other side.

On the side of banana eating girls?

That's what they say...

That you've done it,

with a lot of guys.

-Yeah, that's true.

And I love it.

I know what you can do for me...

What?

Come to my house this evening.

I don't know where you live.

It's Marie, from swimming.

What are we going to do?

-We walk.

Where are we going?

-Not far.

You did it.

Wait here for me.

Bring me home and we're even.

You were gone a long time.

You can come tomorrow.

At the pool, 7 o'clock.

Come on, get in. We're leaving.

Can I sit here?

Have you got the money?

Is it ok?

Don't worry.

He can't deny me anything.

I told him you are my cousin.

-What did he say?

That we look alike.

Would you like a massage, Floriane?

-No.

Come on, It will help you relax.

There's no time.

-Yes there is.

You'd better go.

Your friend is being a slut again.

She's not my friend.

Good for you.

Come on. Get yourself ready.

Let's go.

Inspection, girls.

Untidy job, Natacha.

I didn't have enough time.

Are you going to tell your husband that?

'I didn't have the time'

In five minutes in the water.

Hurry up.

You can sit over there.

Waterballet number vijf.

This ballet was presented

by the Stade Franais swimmers.

No, the spiral formation

was terrific.

And the spin went well together.

Hey, Girls. 3, 4...

Satisfied?

You coming again tomorrow evening?

Same way as before.

Allright.

I'm mad at you.

I searched for you everywhere.

Where have you been?

Don't tell me you're not coming in.

I was at my cousin's.

So now you suddenly love your family?

I had to.

Are you alone?

-Mum works in the evening.

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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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