Girls Can't Swim Reviews

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May 13, 2005
April 15, 2003
January 31, 2003
An overly melodramatic but somewhat insightful French coming-of-age film ...
September 30, 2002
The film's intimate camera work and searing performances pull us deep into the girls' confusion and pain as they struggle tragically to comprehend the chasm of knowledge that's opened between them.
August 23, 2002
...a well-observed and disturbing little movie
August 20, 2002
Birot has succeeded in making a movie that has some laughs, low points and high ideals.
August 16, 2002
Until its final minutes this is a perceptive study of two families in crisis -- and of two girls whose friendship is severely tested by bad luck and their own immaturity.
August 15, 2002
The story ultimately takes hold and grips hard.
August 8, 2002
Despite its shortcomings, Girls Can't Swim represents an engaging and intimate first feature by a talented director to watch, and it's a worthy entry in the French coming-of-age genre.
August 2, 2002
For a long time the film succeeds with its dark, delicate treatment of these characters and its unerring respect for them.
August 1, 2002
Compelling, beautifully photographed French import.
July 19, 2002
A typically observant, carefully nuanced and intimate French coming-of-age film that is an encouraging debut feature but has a needlessly downbeat ending that is too heavy for all that has preceded it.
June 14, 2002
While not all transitions to adulthood are so fraught, there's much truth and no small amount of poetry in Girls Can't Swim.
June 6, 2002
Evokes the frustration, the awkwardness and the euphoria of growing up, without relying on the usual tropes.
May 17, 2002
What sets Ms. Birot's film apart from others in the genre is a greater attention to the parents -- and particularly the fateful fathers -- in the emotional evolution of the two bewitched adolescents.
April 24, 2002
Trs bleak, but worth it.
April 19, 2002
This film seems thirsty for reflection, itself taking on adolescent qualities.
April 19, 2002
Birot creates a drama with such a well-defined sense of place and age -- as in, 15 years old -- that the torments and angst become almost as operatic to us as they are to her characters.
April 19, 2002
A coming-of-age movie that Hollywood wouldn't have the guts to make.
April 19, 2002
A stormy French adolescent drama about friendship, family, and sexual politics.
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