Growing up isn't easy to do. But this film puts beauty in that pain.
Water Lilies (French: Naissance des Pieuvres meaning "birth of the octopuses") is a 2007 French film and the debut as a screenwriter and director of Céline Sciamma.
The film tracks the sexual awakenings of three 15-years-old 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 (Adèle Haenel) come to learn the true meaning of arousal and the power of sexual attraction.
Western critics have given the film generally positive reviews. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 76% of 42 sampled critics gave the film positive reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 65 out of 100, based on 12 reviews.
Tim Palmer discusses the film in the context of first-time, debutant filmmaking in France, which makes up around 40% of French cinema each year. As such, Sciamma's film is formally audacious (notably in its minimalism),...