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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

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Cast

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)

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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…

This is a mature, fully formed work, seductive and bewildering in a way we have come to expect from Assayas, with his curious camera always moving, always searching, always wondering, always asking.

October 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Cold Water is a sterling example of the teen movie genre as art cinema.

October 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Cold Water (or L'eau froide) is a film that, like its title, metamorphoses before our eyes into a torrential rush and flash of light and shadow.

September 19, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Cold Water uses rock music better than any film of its time - possibly better than any film ever made.

September 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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