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Water Lilies Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 31, 2008
A fascinating exploration of female friendship, love, manipulation, betrayal and healing.
July 25, 2008
A narrowly interesting story by French writer-director C├ (C)line Sciamma about three girls whose lives are connected by synchronized swimming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 25, 2008
First-time writer/director Celine Sciamma focuses exclusively, empathetically and insightfully on her protagonists' coming-of-age experiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 17, 2008
While it never quite reaches Jack T. Ripper levels of absurdity, Water nonetheless drowns out its science with hazy spirituality and utterly preposterous claims. In the end, it all smells fishy.
April 4, 2008
Celine Sciamma's quiet drama has moments of motionless yearning that contrast the intense emotions of its 15-year-old protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2008
The original French title of this flick translates as Birth of Octopuses, and it's a more accurate description of the complicated relationships in this well-acted coming-of-age story, the impressive debut of filmmaker CÚline Sciamma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 4, 2008
A hypnotic and wholly convincing look at teen culture from the inside, with all its courage, cruelty and unspoken codes of silence intact.
April 4, 2008
The flowers that bloom in the French film Water Lilies belong to a familiar cinematic species, the newly sexualized teenage girl.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 2, 2008
Completing the convergence of rare young talents is the 27-year-old French director CÚline Sciamma.
March 31, 2008
The drama never merely titillates, instead developing a convincing dynamic among the three.
March 24, 2008
Although a little too open-ended to be wholly satisfying, Water Lilies is still an excellent directorial debut.
March 14, 2008
Languid, sorrowful and strange, French filmmaker CÚline Sciamma's debut as a feature writer-director is a sensitive and daring portrait of female adolescence that's curious about all longings, sexual confusions and grey areas of desire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
May 17, 2007
First film by gifted scripter-helmer Celine Sciamma nails the aching doubts and offhanded cruelty of 15- and 16-year-old girls.