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L'eau froide (Cold Water) (1994)




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Written and directed by French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, L'Eau Froide is a romantic drama about young, rebellious love in 1972 Paris. Christine (Virginie Ledoyen) and Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) are 16-year-old lovers who have become frustrated with the aloofness of their families and the general monotony of their lives. When the pair are caught shoplifting, Christine's father ships her off to a home for emotionally disturbed children, temporarily putting space between her and Gilles. Luckily for them, though, she escapes and the couple contemplate running away together. For her performance, Ledoyen was nominated for Most Promising Actress at the 1995 César Awards. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi


Laszlo Szabo
as Gilles' Father
Dominique Faysse
as Christine's Mother
Jackie Berroyer
as Christine's Father
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Critic Reviews for L'eau froide (Cold Water)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Not everything works in "Cold Water," but there's a searching quality to its best passages.

June 14, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

What strikes you by the end of "Cold Water" is just how fast it moves, how swiftly our time spent with these characters simply slips away.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

At first blush, this compact, thrilling burst of romantic lyricism is at the very least a minor masterpiece, of a piece with themes, philosophy and formal accomplishment of Assayas' formidable body of work since 1994.

June 8, 2018 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Cold Water can finally be recognized as a singular masterpiece on the most familiar of themes, the sufferings and misfortunes of youthful passion.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Nostalgia seekers talk about the exuberance, the exhilaration, and the excitement of it all. Olivier Assayas, who grew up in the 70s, living through the aftermath of May '68, is not one of them.

May 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Assayas has managed to create a palpable, restless yearning under his aloof characters, and their little flickers of feeling and doubt and joy are genuinely touching.

May 4, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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