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3,372 Ratings

Water Lilies

Naissance des pieuvres

Directed by Céline Sciamma
France, 2007
Drama, Romance, LGBT+


The paths of three 15-year-old girls living in a modern Paris suburb cross at the local swimming pool, where love and desire make a dramatic appearance. The dynamics of their relationships gradually begins to shift as they come to learn the true meaning of arousal and the power of sexual attraction.

Our take

It’s a pleasure to trace the breathtaking cinematic maturity of Portrait of a Lady on Fire back to Céline Sciamma’s fresh-from-film-school debut feature, Water Lillies. Everything was already there: the effervescence of sexual awakening, the candour of female desire, the magnetism of Adèle Haenel.

Water Lilies Directed by Céline Sciamma

Critics reviews

A hypnotic and wholly convincing look at teen culture from the inside, with all its courage, cruelty and unspoken codes of silence intact..
April 04, 2008
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With terrific poise and the crispest, cleanest cinematography imaginable, the 27-year-old French director Céline Sciamma has given us a very provocative and stylish drama set in the world of teenage girls’ synchronized swimming.
March 13, 2008
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