2021
Grégoire Perrier

LES MUES
WATER LILY SPLIT

France / 2021 / 69’
World Premiere

Grégoire Perrier
Who and what is stirring in Water Lily Split? Children. And their mother. The
lapping waves, the sound of crickets, the fire and the bottom of a swimming
pool-turned-pond, and a giant shell which brings back memories. In just a few
shots, Grégoire Perrier sketches a delicate path leading to Basile and Hortense,
brother and sister in their early years, on the brink of language, its emergence, and
its invention. He registers the epiphenomena that punctuate their daily lives and
offers us vignettes of a childhood that radiates before our eyes, in all its anger, its
games, its demands. We are plunged into their intimacy as observers, confronted
with the mysterious fascination of the little theatre of childhood.
In this film, ‘childhood’ is the name of a garden which their mother cares for. Mute
and solitary, she prunes, saws, lays stones, building the garden as much as she
welcomes–not without a certain fatigue–the tears, the “pain and punches of
love and anger”, the irruptions of tenderness. Emotions grow perennially and are
tended to with care. Indeed, Water Lily Split posits devotion and attention as
the only ingredients necessary for children to blossom like plants. Far from being
moralistic or edifying, Grégoire Perrier writes an ode. Water Lily Split unfolds
as a gesture of admiration for the obstinate patience that presides over the
construction of this verdant microcosm.
Composed of fragments and jolts, water games and botanical apparitions,
Water Lily Split invents a flow in this closed and protected space, the refuge
of a memory. Grégoire Perrier does not allow himself to approach the story of
childhood as a continuity and instead works towards a faithfulness to resurgence,
to the memory that arises from sensations. Putting his finger on the ineffable link
that gives form to their coexistence as much as on the miracle of this vital force,
Water Lily Split, his first film, takes us in the footsteps of Monique Wittig and
Nathalie Sarraute, bathed in light and sheltered from words. (Claire Lasolle)

Technical sheet

Original Version : French.
Subtitles : English.
Script : Grégoire Perrier.
Photography : Grégoire Perrier.
Editing : Emmanuelle Gachet.
Music : Gloria Jacobsen.
Sound : Rym Debbarh, Xavier Thieulin.
Casting : Maxime Huriguen.
Production : Sébastien Téot (Cellulo Prod).
Filmography : To the jungle, 2015. Louve, 2014.

INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR

Director

Grégoire Perrier

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