Thursday, June 4, 2009

Water Lilies (2007)

Three teenage girls from the architecturally challenged Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise cope with evolving emotions, hormones and body parts in this smart and engaging drama.

Lanky Marie (Pauline Acquart) finds that her interest in self-styled bad girl Floriane (Adele Haenel) is something far different than the childhood friendships she has experienced previously, and Marie's efforts to sort out those feelings are central to the film.

Sexuality is approached frankly and honestly, and that approach, contrasted with the budding maturity of these very young girls, serves as a clear reminder of what a confusing and scary time adolescence can be. First time Director Celine Sciamma has done a wonderful job of combining lyrical eroticism and teenage angst in a tasteful and thoughtful manner.

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