Cold Water

Thursday, 29 November

Cold Water

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Doors open at 20.30, programme starts at 21.00.  L'EAU FROIDE   1994 (Cold Water) Directed by Oliver Assayas 92 minutes In French with English subtitles

A sublime film from Oliver Assayas (Carlos, Irma Vep) about growing up in Europe in the early 1970s. Strangely enough, it feels that now, after all the large alternative movements have died, and the only culture left seems to be business-culture, young people are faced with a similar situation as the characters in this fragile gem of a movie. Cold Water captures perfectly the tone of being young and rebellious, but having nothing in society to connect to.

As he often does in his movies, Assayas follows the lives of two teenagers in an incredibly naturalistic way. This shattering portrait makes most teenage films seem cheap and fake. This one hits the nail on the head, and that's rare. Living on the outskirts of Paris, Gilles and Christine are teenagers from messed-up homes. The film follows the events of their lives, which include shoplifting, soft drugs, boring classrooms, sex, the threats of compulsory internment in mental institutions, and the constant urge to run away and break all of your ties. There is one very long and memorable scene towards the end of the film in which a group of teenagers break into an abandoned house in the country to have a wild all-night party. This extended sequence is pure magic... the breaking of windows, a huge bonfire, Roxy Music, Nico, Dylan and Janis Joplin's anthem "Me and Bobby McGee". The tone is pitch perfect. It may not always be an easy film in some ways, but it's a great one. And this small gem is absolutely never shown in cinemas at all, so this will be an extremely rare screening.

This will be a high-definition screening.

Date & Time: 

Thursday, 29 November, 2018 - 21:00


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Ouwe Kerk
Oudekerksplein 30


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Weekly programme of film screenings in a circuit of underground / self-organised venues. Forgotten movies that should have been classics, neglected flics, lesser-known gems, always with a personal introduction by the programmer. All films in English, or with English subtitles.


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