Cold Water resides in the exiting step between childhood and adulthood. In the disorientation where you just don’t know where to go, except from the urge to distant yourself from parents, school and boredom. And instead say yes to love and freedom. The truly beautiful thing about Cold Water is that it avoids telling its story in an arranged fashion but rather follows the emotions rushing through lovers Christine and Gilles. This film is from 1994 and marked the breakthrough for Olivier Assayas who has been very productive since. He is fond of Swedish cinema and worships Ingmar Bergman, with whom he has authored an interview book. Although this film, with its intoxicating soundtrack, lays closer to Bo Widerberg’s motto ”life at all costs”.
– Lars Böhlin