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486 Ratings

Cold Water

L'eau froide

Directed by Olivier Assayas
France, 1994


A rebellious teenage couple escape the rigid order suffocating them, seeking sanctuary to cultivate their artistic expression and live freely.

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Cold Water Directed by Olivier Assayas
The party set piece in Cold Water might be the fullest and most ambitious expression of Assayas’s ability to wed his mastery of movement to a structural bedrock of music, a series of songs that accompany the episodes we witness. The action and the music vary in mood and tempo, creating a rhythmic ebb and flow that drive the drama of the sequence.
September 11, 2018
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It can finally be recognized as a singular masterpiece on the most familiar of themes, the sufferings and misfortunes of youthful passion.
May 12, 2018
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Mr. Assayas succeeded in making a young person’s film when he was on the cusp of turning 40. He has said that he wanted “Cold Water” to feel like a movie from 1972. It doesn’t really, but, perhaps more remarkably, it’s so fresh it could have been made now.
April 26, 2018
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  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Cold Water

    Early 70's. French teenagers do and feel what their American cousins did and felt a few years before. Gilles and Christine come from dysfunctional families and don't really know what to do with their lives; they just want to be left alone. Christine dreams of a life surrounded by artists and nature. But it's winter, it's cold and even if she's burning with rage, her contact with cold water won't produce steam. 3*.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Cold Water

    A lot of people don't realize that, long before she haunted Assayas' recent Clouds of Personal Shopping diptych, and prior even to her career-making turn in the Twilight saga, Kristen Stewart was actually a French actress named Virginie Ledoyen, whose own career was made by this very beautiful Assayas essay (autobiographical?) in early '70s adolescent love, angst, and kleptomania. It was here she first disappeared.

  • Mehdi Jahan's rating of the film Cold Water

    teenage restlessness in d turbulent 70s..the residues of the rebellious 60s fighting a desperate battle to agglomerate into something bigger in d face of a fast changing indifferent world..d searing desire of teenagers to break free..make futile attempts 2 look for n undefined freedom which exists only in d hazy insides of der mind..d inability of 1 generation 2 understnd d other n d failure 2 connect and communicate

  • mubianer's rating of the film Cold Water

    Assayas is a director I have under-rated. The naturalistic style reminded me about Pialat. In the second part of the film the audience is rewarded with a great cavalcade of classic 60s & 70s songs.

  • F.Bieberkopf's rating of the film Cold Water

    I have a soft-corner for early Assayas. A definitive post-68 film that is filled with visual and aural tropes that is a signature of the generation. And the music, oh that music! Especially in that party when GNR, Cohen and Nico play one after the other. And Janitor of Lunacy. Musically perhaps the most significant film of its time.

  • HAD!L's rating of the film Cold Water

    i almost forgot how it felt to be a teenager right before the tech. frenzy....this movie put right bak through the restlessness, uncertainty and pointlessness...felt good :)

  • Rod Lebowski's rating of the film Cold Water

    Seeing as I'm the first to write on this movie's wall, and the first to put it on a list, I'm inclined to ask WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE. Is that a particle of dust on my screen? No, it's a freaking PIXEL on the last star. Come on 42 fans beside me, commit.

  • Dan's rating of the film Cold Water

    The party scene inspires and makes you dream of an alternate life you might've had burning furniture in the French countryside dancing to rock and roll and Ledoyen is obscenely beautiful. I love Assayas' films and while Cold Water serves as a great intro to his stylistic techniques this felt largely dull and annoying - exactly the way you'd expect a tortured teenager to behave. The end was very "Cool story, bro."

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