French with English subtitles
Director: Antony Cordier
Cast: Johan Libereau, Salome Stevenin, Florence
Thomassin, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey
RunTime: 1 hr 42 mins
Released By: Festive Films & Cathay-Keris
Rating: R21 (Sexual Content)
Official Website: http://www.bacfilms.com/site/douchesfroides/
Released Date: 10 November 2005
Interview with Salome Stevenin, star of COLD SHOWERS
Selected at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes along with
Eric Khoo's "Be With Me", "Cold Showers"
is a sensible coming-of-age story, following Mickael (Johan
Libereau), who was happy with his stunning girlfriend Vanessa,
was the judo team's captain and was preparing for his baccalaureate
exams. "Cold Showers" tracks these three months
of change, a small beginning on the road from adolescence
to adulthood. On the menu: sex in a threesome, jealousy, rivalry
and discipline in sports, another episode in his parents'
rocky marriage and how to live without electricity.
In this coming-of-age tale, the movie title “Cold Showers”
could represent the unpleasant awakening for Mickael from
one stage of his life to another. The movie commence with
Mickael taking his English oral exam, reflecting on the changes
in his life during the recent three months and perhaps his
encounter with his first major failure in life.
Mickael comes from a family, which has difficulties in making
ends meet. His father is an alcoholic who is not earning enough
money for the household and his worrisome mother who drastically
reduces the cost of expenses by turning off the heater and
thus the Cold Showers.
Even though there are financial difficulties at home, Mickael
is happily attached with Vanessa (Salome Stevenin) and is
leading his school’s judo team, which got into the final
international rounds. The turning point for Mickael’s
life begins when the sponsor for the judo team wants Mickael
to train with his son, Clement. Although both families status
lies at the different end of financial wealth, they soon form
a strong bond as they trained hard for the international judo
As the poster and synopsis highlighted, both Mickael and Clement
would eventually consummate a ménage a trois with Mickael’s
girlfriend. All was fine and dandy until jealously rears it’s
ugly head unexpectedly and pushes Mickael to an envious rage,
resulting in a painful lesson in life.
It’s an impressive full-length directorial debut for
short film documentary maker, Antony Cordier who manages to
weave a well-crafted tales that comes from experiences of
his own and those who are closed to him. Even though this
tale was rather predictable, the trio of young actors gave
such a raw and authentic performance that brings you into
their dilemma and problem face in their youth, especially
Mickael, played by newcomer John Libereau.
Although Cold Showers is a cautionary tale for the youths,
the threesome and full frontal nude scenes will most likely
restrict them from entry into the theater. Leaving those aged
twenties and above to relate on their youth gone by and perhaps
on the journey they made to adulthood.
Showers is a refreshing awakening for the transition of life
by Richard Lim Jr