Cold Water • 1h 35m
Directed by Olivier Assayas • 1994 • France
An acclaimed early work by Olivier Assayas, the long-unavailable, deeply felt coming-of-age drama COLD WATER can at last be seen in the United States. Drawing from his own youthful experiences, Assayas revisits the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s, telling the story of teenage lovers Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (Virginie Ledoyen), whose rebellions against family and society threaten to tear them apart. The visceral realism of the movie’s narrative and the near experimentalism of its camera work come together effortlessly thanks in part to a rock soundtrack that vividly evokes the period. COLD WATER, whose centerpiece is one of the most memorable party sequences ever committed to film, is a heartbreaking immersion in the emotional tumult of being young.
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Olivier Assayas on COLD WATER
This interview with director Olivier Assayas was conducted in New York in March 2018.
Denis Lenoir on COLD WATER
This interview with cinematographer Denis Lenoir was conducted in Los Angeles in May 2018.
Le cercle de minuit
This segment from a 1994 episode of the French television program “Le cercle de minuit” features interviews with director Olivier Assayas and actors Virginie Ledoyen and Cyprien Fouquet.