Girls Can't Swim Reviews

April 15, 2003
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 9, 2002
I felt sad for Lise not so much because of what happens as because she was captured by this movie when she obviously belongs in something lighter and sunnier, by Rohmer, for example.
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 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 26, 2002
A sometimes incisive and sensitive portrait that is undercut by its awkward structure and a final veering toward melodrama.
April 25, 2002
Everything about Girls Can't Swim, even its passages of sensitive observation, feels secondhand, familiar -- and not in a good way.
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 18, 2002
Its vision of that awkward age when sex threatens to overwhelm everything else is acute enough to make everyone who has been there squirm with recognition.
April 16, 2002
A sensitive and astute first feature by Anne-Sophie Birot.