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French Kids, Growing Up
written by talltale July 11, 2006 - 2:08 AM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Part of the 2006 Rendezvous with French Cinema Today series presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, COLD SHOWERS introduces new filmmaker Antony Cordier to the U.S. This writer/director has made only two short features previously but his grasp on character--and how it evolves from parents, peers, place and class--is promising. The story of a barely-middle-class youth, his girlfriend and the well-to-do martial arts classmate they befriend presents a fairly rich tapestry of social and sexual mores, including one of the hottest sex scenes I have witnessed, which is capped by a somehow even hotter, post-coital shower-and-clean-up scene. (Cordier chooses to film the sex in shadows and near-darkness, which is appropriate for the location and time-of-day, while the full-frontal, post-sex scene is brightly lit.)

The lead character--and unfortunately the movie itself--never quite recovers from this mid-point "event," but as it winds down, the film appears to be saying that (1) the female is innately able to handle friendship, sexual attraction and their cross-over more easily than the male and (2) a male with money and position negotiates all this better than one without. I'd agree, though I would have liked to see Cordier force his characters into a bit more self-awareness and communication. But perhaps that's his point: At this age and under these circumstances most kids just can't manage it. In any case, "Cold Showers" is definitely worth a watch--which, post-movie, should provoke some very interesting discussion.


(Average 6.55)
22 Votes
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