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505 Ratings

Cold Water

L'eau froide

Directed by Olivier Assayas
France, 1994


A rebellious teenage couple escape the rigid order suffocating them, seeking sanctuary to cultivate their artistic expression and live freely.

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Cold Water Directed by Olivier Assayas
The party set piece in Cold Water might be the fullest and most ambitious expression of Assayas’s ability to wed his mastery of movement to a structural bedrock of music, a series of songs that accompany the episodes we witness. The action and the music vary in mood and tempo, creating a rhythmic ebb and flow that drive the drama of the sequence.
September 11, 2018
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It can finally be recognized as a singular masterpiece on the most familiar of themes, the sufferings and misfortunes of youthful passion.
May 12, 2018
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Mr. Assayas succeeded in making a young person’s film when he was on the cusp of turning 40. He has said that he wanted “Cold Water” to feel like a movie from 1972. It doesn’t really, but, perhaps more remarkably, it’s so fresh it could have been made now.
April 26, 2018
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