Olivier AssayasFrance94 minutes1994ColourFrench
View Cold Water during the Cold Water introduced by Olivier Assayas event.
Rare 35mm Print!
"One of the key French films of the '90s" (Jonathan Rosenbaum), Cold Water was made for the French television series Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge…, which commissioned nine directors to make a film about their youth using music from the period. (The series also yielded Claire Denis' U.S. Go Home and André Téchiné's Wild Reeds.) Set in suburban Paris in 1972, Assayas' cruel story of youth follows two troubled teen lovers, Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (Virginie Ledoyen), in the disillusioned aftermath of May '68. Both hailing from broken homes, the teens struggle to communicate with their parents (Gilles' father is movingly played by French New Wave mainstay László Szabó) and rage against the Establishment, eventually deciding to run away together. A brilliantly choreographed party sequence set in an abandoned mansion in the woods marks a turning point in Assayas' work, as rock music (Leonard Cohen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nico, Alice Cooper, etc.) combined with a roving camera creates an experiential intersection between the characters and the director's own youth.