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Maurice Pialat and the New French Realism

Cold Water

L’eau froide

Olivier Assayas’s 1970s-set breakthrough captures the heady emotions and passions of youth.

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France 1994
Dir Olivier Assayas
With Virginie Ledoyen, Cyprien Fouquet, László Szabó
English subtitles

Adolescent rebellion is captured with evocative, naturalistic charge in Assayas’ 1970s-set breakthough, which tells the story of teenage lovers Gilles (Fouquet) and Christine (Ledoyen), who rage against their families and society, until she’s caught shoplifting and sent away. With an immaculate rock soundtrack, Assayas’ autobiographical film is a thrillingly fluid immersion in the heady emotions of youth.


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