Olivier Assayas

Cold Water

Cold Water

An acclaimed early work by Olivier Assayas, the long-unavailable, deeply felt coming-of-age drama Cold Water can at last be seen in the United States. 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 rebellions against family and society threaten to tear them apart. The visceral realism of the movie’s narrative and the near experimentalism of its camera work come together effortlessly thanks in part to a rock soundtrack that vividly evokes the period. Cold Water, whose centerpiece is one of the most memorable party sequences ever committed to film, is a heartbreaking immersion in the emotional tumult of being young.

Film Info

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Olivier Assayas, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Assayas
  • New interview with cinematographer Denis Lenoir
  • Excerpt from a 1994 French television program on the film featuring Assayas and actors Virginie Ledoyen and Cyprien Fouquet
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Girish Shambu

New cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

Released Sep 11, 2018

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director Olivier Assayas, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Assayas
  • New interview with cinematographer Denis Lenoir
  • Excerpt from a 1994 French television program on the film featuring Assayas and actors Virginie Ledoyen and Cyprien Fouquet
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Girish Shambu

New cover by Eric Skillman

Cold Water
Cast
Virginie Ledoyen
Christine
Cyprien Fouquet
Gilles
László Szabó
Gilles’s father
Jean-Pierre Darroussin
Inspector
Dominique Faysse
Christine’s mother
Smaïl Mekki
Mourad
Jackie Berroyer
Christine’s father
Jean-Christophe Bouvet
Professor
Ilona Györi
Marie
Renée Amzallag
Nurse
Credits
Director
Olivier Assayas
Written by
Olivier Assayas
Producer
Georges Benayoun
Producer
Paul Rozenberg
Associate producer
Chantal Poupaud
Executive producer IMA
Elisabeth Deviosse
Executive producer IMA
Françoise Guglielmi
Executive producer SFP
Yannick Casanova
Production manager
Sylvie Barthet
Cinematography by
Denis Lenoir
Production designer
Gilbert Gagneux
Editor
Luc Barnier
Sound
Hervé Chauvel
Costume designer
Françoise Clavel

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