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Water Lilies

French theatrical release poster
Directed by Céline Sciamma
Produced by Bénédicte Couvreur
Jérôme Dopffer
Written by Céline Sciamma
Starring Pauline Acquart
Louise Blachère
Adele Haenel
Music by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier (as Para One)
Cinematography Crystel Fournier
Editing by Julien Lacheray
Distributed by Films Distribution (Worldwide) (Theat.)
Haut et Court (French) (Theat.)
Koch Lorber Films (United States)
Release date(s) Cannes Film Festival:
May 17, 2007
France:
August 15, 2007
United Kingdom:
March 14, 2008
Running time 85 min.
Country France
Language French

Water Lilies (French title: Naissance des Pieuvres or 'Birth of Octopi') is a 2007 French feature film and the debut as a screenwriter and director of Céline Sciamma.[1][2]

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Plot

The film tracks the sexual awakenings of three female friends over the course of a single summer. Finding privacy in the solitude of the swimming pool locker room, blossoming teens Marie (Pauline Acquart), Anne (Louise Blachère) and Floriane (Adele Haenel) come to learn the true meaning of arousal and the power of sexual attraction.

Critical reception

Western critics have given the film generally positive reviews. As of April 4, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 86% of T-Meter Critics and 100% of Top Critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 29 reviews.[3] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 64 out of 100, based on 8 reviews.[4]

Awards and nominations

The film was selected for screening in the section Un certain regard at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, and won both the 2007 Prix de la jeunesse at Cabourg Romantic Film Festival and the 2007 Prix Louis-Delluc.

The film secured three nominations for the 2008 César Awards; Céline Sciamma was nominated for the 2008 César Award for Best Debut, and actresses Adèle Haenel and Louise Blachère were both nominated for the 2008 César Award for Most Promising Actress. Eventually the Best Debut award went to Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud for Persepolis, and the Award for Most Promising Actress went to Hafsia Herzi for her performance in La Graine et le Mulet.

The film was screened in November 2008 at the gay film festival Queersicht in Berne, Switzerland.

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