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Cold Showers (2006)

Johan Libéreau , Salomé Stévenin , Antony Cordier  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johan Libéreau, Salomé Stévenin, Florence Thomassin, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Claire Nebout
  • Directors: Antony Cordier
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Picture This, Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,325 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cold Showers" on IMDb

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Directed with a "no-nonsense, but dramatically realistic style" (Screen International), COLD SHOWERS tells the story of three teenagers in present-day, small-town France: Mickael, a 17-year old working class boy who is also a judo star, his wealthy friend

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mispromoted August 23, 2006
It's a sign of desperation on the part of the producers that this movie is being promoted as gay cinema. Yes, there is a brief (and darkly-filmed) threesome at the heart of the movie, and it's of the 2M+1F variety. But otherwise there isn't the faintest trace of "gay" in this movie, only a young man confused about his place in the world and driven to desperate acts, from losing more than 15 pounds on a crash diet to get into a lower judo weight class to sharing his girlfriend with a richer teammate to an act of violence that mars the last ten minutes.

With that said, there is a halfway-decent plot here; if you like the "disaffected teenage male" strain of French cinema you may enjoy this. But if you've come for either a gay coming-of-age movie or for the sort of titillation common to most movies promoted specifically to a gay audience, check out Grande Ecole or Latter Days instead.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ménage a Trois: Coming of Age Under the Microscope August 11, 2006
'Douches froides' ('Cold Showers') is a film by Antony Cordier that has been marketed in a strange way: the projected audience was supposedly the gay audience, but aside from brief frontal nudity in an innocuous gym shower room there is nothing 'gay' about this movie. Instead COLD SHOWERS is an examination of class, sport, experimentation, and emotional borderlines that are at once fascinating and frustrating.

Mickael (Johan Libereau) is from a poor working class family - his father Gerard (Jean-Philippe Ecoffey) is a boozer taxi cab driver who lost his license as a result of a DUI, and his mother Annie (Florence Thomassin) is a cleaning woman in the high school gym: they live on the edge of poverty. Not a great student, Mickael excels in judo and his life is focused on his sport and on his girlfriend Vanessa (Salome Stevenin). One of Mickael's teammates Clement (Pierre Perrier) is from a wealthy family: his father Louis Steiner (Aurelien Recoing) is confined to a wheelchair and his mother Mathilde (Claire Nebout) is a woman of the world and society. Louis decides to sponsor the judo team, buys them outfits, and asks Mickael to work with Clement to perfect his technique and prepare the judo team for a French championship.

Mickael and Clement relate well and while Mickael is a winning player, Clement is smarter and understands the intrinsic rules of the game better. An incident occurs that forces Mickael to take the position of a wounded mate and in doing so he must lose 8 kilos to qualify for the championship team. The struggle to lose weight (his body is already perfect) places stress on both Mickael and his family and teammates.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very pleasant movie June 19, 2007
intense in a smooth way, mildly erotic. if you have heard it was "gay cinema" it is not. but even if that is what you were hoping for you should still watch this film. it is simply a great movie. and the french language makes it sultry throughout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cut Above March 13, 2008
In the beginning of this French film directed by Antony Cordier Mikael (Johan Libereau) discovers, when he takes a shower, that his mother has had the electricity turned off to save money. He lives with his parents who are extremely poor-- his father loses his job as a taxi driver because of a drinking problem; his mother is a cleaning lady-- and pretty much measures his self-worth only for his skills on the school's judo team. He becomes friends with Clement (Pierre Perrier), a rich student on the team as well. The two eventually get involved in a menage a trois with Mikael's girl friend Vanaessa (Salome Stevenin). The three young people (all very easy to look at) are playing with fire so you can imagine where that relationship, if you can call it that, goes. Then there is the other plot, Mikael's obsession to lose 8 kilos so he can qualify for a judo competition.

If you are looking for some titillating nudity beautifully filmed in a film that makes a statement about class, this one is for you. It is a cut above the usual low budget films that come out of France faster than we can rent them.

The director makes a short statement, included with the DVD, about what he was trying to do in the film as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not that good but ok April 23, 2013
By stevie
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decent movie but wouldnt watch again, it didnt have much to it really, the actors were young and cute though ,
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