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Cold Water (1994)

L'eau froide (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 6 July 1994 (France)
When the girl of a rebelious teenage couple finds out she is being sent away, they both believe escaping the rigid order suffocating them is the only way to be free. But is it?

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Olivier Assayas

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Olivier Assayas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginie Ledoyen ... Christine
Cyprien Fouquet Cyprien Fouquet ... Gilles
László Szabó ... Père de Gille
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Inspecteur
Dominique Faysse Dominique Faysse ... Mère de Christine
Smaïl Mekki Smaïl Mekki ... Mourad
Jackie Berroyer ... Père de Christine
Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... Professeur
Ilona Györi Ilona Györi ... Marie
Renée Amzallag Renée Amzallag ... Infirmière
Jérôme Simonin Jérôme Simonin ... Vendeur de dynamite
Laetitia Lemerle Laetitia Lemerle ... Corrine
Alexandra Yonnet Alexandra Yonnet ... Copine blouson
Caroline Doron Caroline Doron ... Copine blessée
Laetitia Giraud Laetitia Giraud ... Christiane
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Storyline

Gilles and Christine a boy and a girl live in the outskirts of Paris, their families are ineffective and distant and they lead a purposeless life. They steal some records in a supermarket but she is caught and sent to a nursing home by force by her parents. She escapes and follows Gilles to a house where some other youths live. They then decide to go south: Christine has been told there is a commune there, where artists live. So they head south sleeping rough... Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | Hungarian | English

Release Date:

6 July 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Water See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,110, 29 April 2018

Gross USA:

$30,209
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Widescale theatrical release in the USA was long delayed by the difficulty in licensing the soundtrack. See more »

Alternate Versions

Shorter TV version released under the title Page Blanche ,La (1994) (TV) as part of the TV-series "Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge" (1994) See more »


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Easy Livin'
Written by Ken Hensley
Performed by Uriah Heep
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Right on, this one
1 December 2000 | by J. HarlanSee all my reviews

I really hadn't expected much of this movie when I saw it in Brooklyn last summer. But, as a coming of age story, it's one of the few ones that really hits home for me. Cold Water is just such a frustrated, restless film, neither condemning nor forgiving its self-involved children and inadequate parents. It's fair in that way, which is refreshing. I'm tired of hearing rich kids get a lot of breaks and tired of hearing the Richard Fords explain away their parenting mistakes.

Visually, it's not a terribly structured or naturalistic film, and maybe that's why it seems to be so right on. The frenetic energy and seeming meaninglessness of the individual shots really conveys the frustration that comes from having the faculties of an adult, but none of the powers. Those shots come together in these long, slow sequences . . . small town livin'. There's a seeming, but deceptive, plotlessness that drew a lot of recognition from me.

You shouldn't miss the party scene. Man, that brings back memories. Pure recklessness, and listening to CCR over and over and over.


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