La naissance des pieuvres
French director Céline Sciamma has built a particularly good reputation over the years. With films like Girlhood, Portrait de la jeune fille en feu and Petite mamman a more than deserved reputation. In all her films, she has made a strong case for the female gaze and this is also reflected in this debut film.
It is scorching hot in Paris and so 15-year-old friends Marie, Anne and Floriane can be found in the pool with great regularity. It is that summer that feelings of longing and love first blossom among the three. The pretty Floriane, who is very aware of this, is by no means liked by the other girls, but all the more by the boys. The insecure Anne, she considers herself too fat, is in love with François, but the latter only has eyes for Floriane. And he is not the only one, as Marie is also secretly in love with her. Among others, with Adèle Haenel.