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Cold Water

An acclaimed early work by Olivier Assayas that has long remained unavailable, the deeply felt coming-of-age drama Cold Water at long last makes its way to U.S. theaters. Drawing in part on his own experiences, Assayas revisits the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s, taking up with teenage lovers Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (Virginie Ledoyen), whose open rebellion against family and society threatens to tear them apart when Christine is sent to an institution by her parents, and Gilles faces an uncertain future after running into trouble at school. With a rock soundtrack that vividly evokes the period (including Nico, Bob Dylan, Donovan, Roxy Music, Alice Cooper, and Leonard Cohen) and provides the backdrop for one of the most memorable party sequences ever committed to film, Cold Water is a heartbreaking immersion into the emotional tumult of adolescence.

“ Nodding to François Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows” and Jean-Luc Godard’s “Pierrot le Fou,” “Cold Water” is a self-aware descendant of the French New Wave. ” – J. Hoberman, New York Times


Cold Water (L'eau froide)
Directed and written by: Olivier Assayas
Cast: Virginie Ledoyen, Cyprien Fouquet, László Szabó...
Year: 1994
Runtime: 92 mins
In French with English subtitles
Released by: Janus Films

Opens in New York on Friday, April 27, 2018 at IFC Center

Opens in Los Angeles on May 18, 2018 at Laemmle Royal

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