19/03/2008 Press

Water Lilies acclaimed by UK press

The UK press acclaimed Celine Sciamma's film, seeing both style and subtle provocation in her depiction of teenage girls' torments. "Water Lilies captures the casual cruelty, paralysing uncertainty and exaggerated passions of teenage girls' writes Wendy Ide for The Times, with "the claustrophobic intimacy of Lucrecia Martel's La Nina Santa, the clear-eyed intellect of Catherine Breillat and the ruthless honesty of Mean Girls". Many have spotted undeniable talent in the young filmmaker, producing "with terrific poise and the crispest, cleanest cinematography imaginable (?) a very provocative and stylish drama" (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian). "Director Céline Sciamma's sparse, atmospheric debut captures the cruel and bewildering world of female adolescence with uncanny accuracy" (Carmen Gray, Total Film). Press review available here