Cold Water

(L'eau Froide) Features
Director: Olivier Assayas 1994 92 Minutes Ages 18+
Cold Water Wed 17 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 08:20pm 92mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA

Cold Water is one of the great missing films, a nearly unknown tour de force by Olivier Assayas. If it had ever been properly released, it would certainly be considered one of Olivier’s masterpieces.’ — Janus Films President, Peter Becker

Drawing on his own adolescence, in 1994 Assayas created a deeply affecting, textured and visually compelling coming-of-age drama that takes in themes of alienation, destruction and identity. Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (Virginie Ledoyen) effortlessly hold our attention as two desperate teenager lovers whose rebellions against family and society threaten to tear them apart. With rich, expressionistic 16mm cinematography by Denis Lenoir, Cold Water is an entrancing overlooked masterpiece. In its depiction of lost French youth, it is visceral, haunting and tantalising.

Screening as part of ‘Restored Revelations


Classification:Ages 18+
Language:French, with English subtitles
Director:Olivier Assayas
Producer:Georges Benayoun, Paul Rozenberg
Cast:Virginie Ledoyen, Cyprien Fouquet, Jackie Berroyer
Script:Olivier Assayas
Program strand:Features
Rights:Orange Studio