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First some filters: this is an organically-paced film in French, with subtitles, shot on a low budget. So if you demand that everything you see look like a glossy Hollywood spectacular, skip "Water Lilies." Even the landscapes aren't gorgeous. This is the Paris of sprawling anonymous suburbs. I'm not sure the characters have even seen the Eiffel Tower... except on TV.
And skip it if you're looking for French porn shot from a middle-aged male point of view (Louis Malle comes to mind). There's nudity here but it's painful, not titillating. There's powerful romantic passion but not the kind of elaborately choreographed love scenes that pass for "sexy" in Hollywood.
Also skip it if you're looking for a lesbian film. It's not about the lesbian community. It's not about a teen discovering she's lesbian and dealing with family and friends who are horrified, yada yada. None of that. There is at least one lesbian in the film, but that doesn't make it a lesbian film, any more than the presence of a black guy in a leading role in "The Matrix" made it a "black film." Lesbianism isn't the subject of "Wild Lilies."
Moreover, skip it if you don't want to see how three fifteen-year old girls see the world. This is what led to one singularly dense reviewer calling this a man-hating film. Well, duh. Imagine what boys are like from a fifteen year old girl's perspective. Girls mature emotionally before boys do, by and large. Boys don't catch up until they're in their 20s (if ever, some might add).Read more ›
The movie is understated, poetic, and sensual, though it would be a mistake to call it an erotic film. Rather it includes occasional erotic moments (discreetly filmed for the most part) in a story that's mostly about teenage angst. I also wouldn't characterize the movie as a "lesbian film", despite the same-sex crushes on display, especially among Marie and Floriane. The few romantic/sensual scenes between the girls were, to me, simply examples of the kind of deep affection and strong feelings that aren't uncommon among young teen girls. I could definitely see all of these girls, despite the intensity of their feelings for each other, eventually moving onto boyfriends when they're a little older, once their jumbled, still new, puberty-fueled emotions calm a bit. I'm not hostile to an interpretation of the film that says it's primarily about lesbian love and/or lesbian self-discovery, but I didn't see it that way.
"Water Lilies" is a shade under 90 minutes, looks and sounds great on DVD, and has easy-to-read subtitles that can be turned on and off. Extras are limited to the film's trailer, five minutes of deleted scenes, and four minutes of screen tests.Read more ›
The movie centers around the popular Floriane (captain of the local synchronized swimming team), Ann (who is insecure about her weight) and Marie (very quiet and introspective). Ann is also on the team but she is not as comfortable in her own skin as the girls around her. The scene where she waits for all the other girls to finish getting changed in the locker room so no one can see her naked will speak to everyone who had gym class and was insecure about their bodies, even if they have no reason to be. Another scene shows Anne dancing, trying to show off for the boy she likes but no one is paying attention to her, in fact, she is probably being mocked by the more popular girls. This film excels at these little moments that say so much about growing up.
Maire is Anne's best friend and while attending a synchronized swimming meet, finds herself attracted to Floriane. Is this intense feeling admiration or something more? Other girls comment about Floriane liking girls in front of Marie. She hopes to form a closer relationship with Floriane and is elated when they spend more time together but is hurt when Floriane only uses her as a front to appease her parents while hooking up with a local boy. The same boy that Anne has a crush on.Read more ›
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This is a beautiful film. The fact that it involves girl/girl love should not put you off since the trials and tribulations in the film can be equally applied to any relationship... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Mr. WA Bowman
This movie can barely be considered a lesbian drama, revolving around the theme of a teenager in high school who finds herself attracted to and developing a crush on her... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Hwang
A very good french movies nice actress and good director celine sciamma teens movies girls slow with differrent style is the indepandant movies realistic and nicePublished 13 months ago by madlaurent
A mind blowing, beautiful, sublime,emotional and honest effort exploring the coming-of-age story of the three female protagonists. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sumit