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Not everything works in "Cold Water," but there's a searching quality to its best passages.
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.
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.
Cold Water is a sterling example of the teen movie genre as art cinema.
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.
Cold Water uses rock music better than any film of its time - possibly better than any film ever made.
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.
Cold Water can finally be recognized as a singular masterpiece on the most familiar of themes, the sufferings and misfortunes of youthful passion.
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.
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.
Cold Water's worldview is bleak and apocalyptic, and it ends with the sense that pop music may be the only defense against a hopeless future. In other words, it perfectly captures the feeling of being a teenager.
Cold Water feels as fresh today as when it was filmed close to twenty-five years ago.
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