Monday, May 19, 2008

Water Lilies (Naissance des pieuvres)

The French title translates literally as Birth of Octopuses. Adolescent girls on the synchronized swimming team. Sexual feelings just beginning to emerge and take form. Experimenting with social identities, including the positive and negative of being labeled a slut. Struggling to balance friendships with romantic interests. It could be the stuff of an after-school TV movie, but the story is handled with finesse and genuine affection for the characters. We feel for the main character, her best friend, and her new love interest as they navigate the emotional and social minefields of high school. Highly recommended.

Water Lilies (Naissance des pieuvres), dir. Céline Sciamma, France 2007, 85 min. 35mm, in French with English subtitles

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