Cold Water:

French Film Week

New 4K Restoration

Thursday, July 12 | 7:30 pm


An acclaimed, previously unavailable early work by Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep, Personal Shopper), the deeply felt coming-of-age drama Cold Water makes its long-awaited debut in U.S. theaters. Drawing from his own youthful experiences, Assayas revisits the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s, telling the story of teenage lovers Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (Virginie Ledoyen), whose open rebellion against family and society threatens to tear them apart, as Christine is sent to an institution by her parents and Gilles faces an uncertain future after running into trouble at school. With a rock soundtrack that vividly evokes the period, and provides the backdrop for one of the most memorable, and beautifully shot, party sequences ever committed to film, Cold Water already demonstrates the inimitable blend of erudite romanticism and punk insouciance that marks Assayas as one of France’s most exciting contemporary filmmakers.


Director Olivier Assayas | 1994 | In French, Hungarian, and English with English subtitles | 92 minutes | NR | 4K DCP

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