"The plot centers on fifteen-year-old Marie (Pauline Acquart), a quiet, unassuming girl whose only friend is the infantile dork Anne (Louise Blachère). At a school performance of the synchronized swimming team, Marie falls in love with Floriane (Adèle Haenel), the star of the team. After some initial difficulties, Marie manages to make friends with the unapproachable girl, but is at first only taken advantage of by her. A strange friendship develops between the two, which is again and again determined by erotic tensions. In Floriane's garbage, Marie searches for relics onto which she can project her longing, and at the same time is unable to confess her love to her friend. The latter is anyway more preoccupied with the swimmer François (Warren Jacquin)."
Gabriele Summen, spiegel.de, 03.05.2012
"Even though the film takes an observational point of view rather than Marie's perspective, the weightless, trance-like mood makes it seem as if Sciamma is staging her subjective perception. It is precisely in the treatment of the basic conflict that the subtlety with which Sciamma tells her story becomes apparent, for Marie's unrequited love for Floriane is treated only on a nonverbal level throughout the entire film. The protagonist's state of mind is conveyed exclusively through tentative gestures of rapprochement, acts of desperation, and cinematic stylizations, all of which make Marie's emotions tangible to the senses."
Michael Kienzl, critic.de, 19.06.2008
Contributors and additional information:
81 min. color. DCP. F/d
Director: Céline Sciamma
Screenplay: Céline Sciamma
Cinematography: Crystel Fournier
Editing: Julien Lacheray
Music: Jean-Baptiste de Luabier
With: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adèle Haenel
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