Cold Showers

June 22nd, 2005


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The story of three teenagers: a beautiful girl, Vanessa, and two boys, Mickael and Clement, one rich...

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.2/10 (1,051 voted)

Director: Antony Cordier

Stars: Johan Libéreau, Salomé Stévenin, Florence Thomassin

The story of three teenagers: a beautiful girl, Vanessa, and two boys, Mickael and Clement, one rich, one poor. The story of Mickael - judo fanatic and doomed lover - and his parents, both convinced that the sky will one day come crashing down on their heads, and both more than able to cope when it does. Blackly comic, brutally funny, heartbreaking, truthful. A tragi-comedy. About happiness and hardship, sex, luck and catastrophe.

Writers: Antony Cordier, Julie Peyr

Johan Libéreau - Mickael
Salomé Stévenin - Vanessa
Florence Thomassin - Annie
Jean-Philippe Écoffey - Gérard
Claire Nebout - Mathilde Steiner
Aurélien Recoing - Louis Steiner
Pierre Perrier - Clément
Denis Falgoux - Philippe
Magali Woch - Natacha
Camille Japy - Isabelle
Dominique Cabrera - L'infirmière
Steve Tran - Tranh, -66 kg
Olivier Dote-Doevi - Xavier, -81 kg
Yoann Monjal - Arnaud, -90 kg
Benoît Bourse - Bruno, +90 kg


Official Website: Bac Films [France] |

Release Date: 22 June 2005

Filming Locations: La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France

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User Review

Totally Honest and Sincere

Rating: 8/10

This film deserves a chance to be seen. This teenage coming-of-age story from France tells nicely against a backdrop of martial arts (judo), competition, and sex. But it goes beyond to show some nice subtleties where class, success, and desire play out against one another to really give you a sense of what the main character is going through. I was pulled in. And the story just seemed to work and be very real and personal for me.

The director, who was present at this Toronto International Film Festival screening, mentioned the story started out as a school project -- something that garnered accolades beyond his expectations. It then grew into a judo documentary, before morphing again into a personal coming-of-age story with the director's personal story touches.

The result was excellent and succeeds on many accounts. I'd say it's worth checking out.