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Swapping genuine emotion for surface level coming-of-age-sensuality, Water Lilies took almost 3/4 of it's duration to get moving and then revealed exactly what we already knew. Yes it's about painful lessons learned in youth but we never really get inside any of the characters heads. The absence of any parents and a clunky visual metaphor for friendship at the end only added insult to injury. 2.5 stars
Growing up isn't easy to do. But this film puts beauty in that pain, without a lot of crap music and easy direction. Au contraire, this is hard work but the message comes out simple and beautiful.
The swimming-pool first representing unbreathing situations, always enclosed into the fake and hard world of the synchronized swimming, turns out to bring some relief at the end of the film, showed in all its large extension for the first time . Marie washing her mouth in the swimming-pool afetr kissing Floriane was one of the strongest and significative scenes.
You have to question the Filmmaker's intentions. There's alot of lingering of Teenage Girls, and none of it feels honest. It feels exploitative. I turned it off. That shit is sick. Morally repugnant at best, lingering on Teenage Girls is just wrong. As for the Movie, Breillat's fat Girls is THE only Film of it's kind that rings respectable in it's exploration...of Teenage Girls.
I was worried that the film may be too exploitive,but was happily suprised by the film's restraint and subtle development . The tone perfectly nailed the clumsy, awkward sense of young love and desire delivered with brave performances all round. Top that off with fine cinematography and moments of almost unbearable tension and pretty much all my doubts were put to rest by a genuinely great drama.
This film has something of a timelessly endearing way of presenting first love and growing up. Seeing this brought me back to high school and made me bite my nails for these girls. Further proof that you need only know loss to make a brilliant film. Brilliantly acted and nicely shot, Water Lilies generates more suspense and yearning than most romantic films have ever done for me.