Three 15-year-old girls living in the ultra-modern Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise find the dynamics of their relationships gradually beginning to shift in first-time filmmaker Céline Sciamma’s intimate look into the world of synchronized swimming.
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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
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.
Lo interesante de este filme es sobre el personaje que juega a ser objeto de deseo, tanto para hombre como mujer. Es la adolescente que en público es sexualmente abierta, más íntimamente es tímida y virginal. Todo resulta al final una suerte de juego. Tal vez la manipulación, el poder que su sexo (intocable) provoca en los demás. Lo resto no es novedoso.
"Water Lilies" has the same theme as "Spider Lilies" which was both released in the same year, and I wouldn't say it's a coincidence. This film is a vague exploration of the minds of two young girls, one evidently confused and attracted to the other, while the other carefully discovering her sexuality. They are simple, yet misunderstood characters. It's an emotional journey of young hearts and curious minds.
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.