Water Lilies (2007) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Original French Title: Naissance des Pieuvres
Release Date: August 15, 2007 
Directed by: Céline Sciamma
Language: French
Music by:  Jean-Baptiste de Laubier (as Para One)
Starring: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adele Haenel

Naissance des Pieuvres, literally translated means The Birth of Octopi, is described as one of the slipperiest teenage drama.

The relationships revolved within a local swimming pool in a Parisian suburb where the local synchronized swimming team practices.

Marie (Pauline Acquart) is a young and restless and underdeveloped for her age, though her hormones rage just the same. Blonde Floriane (Adele Haenel) is the object of every male’s affection, a skilled swimmer and athlete but incapable of emotional or sexual reciprocation. Marie’s best friend Anne (Louise Blachere) is homely, awkward, overweight, immature and profoundly insecure.

As if matters weren’t complicated enough, Anne gets Floriane’s frustrated sloppy seconds while Marie develops a sexual attraction for Floriane.

Reviewer’s Note:
Longtime screenwriter Sciamma has finally made her debut as director by showing a remarkable ability with her young actresses, extracting more truth from their performances in private moments than in those when they interface with one another. This film leads to skills development and strategies with which all children eventually pass agonizingly into adulthood. 

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