France, 1994, 92 min, Dir. Olivier Assayas, Not Rated, French with English Subtitles, Janus Films
"Cold Water accomplishes a feat that’s often tried but seldom attained: it’s completely intense and completely, omnisciently cool." – Mike Hale, The New York Times
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 from his own youthful experiences, Assayas revisits the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s, telling the story of teenage lovers Gilles and Christine, whose open rebellion against family and society threatens to tear them apart, as 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 (featuring Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Nico, Credence Clearwater Revival) 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.
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