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Antony Cordier




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Status: Completed

Director(s): Antony Cordier

Main cast: Johan Libéreau, Salomé Stévenin, Florence Thomassin

Long synopsis : Cold Showers is set today, in small-town France. Nowhere special. It tells the story of three teenagers: a beautiful girl, Vanessa, and two boys, Mickael and Clément, one rich, one poor. The story of Mickael - judo fanatic and doomed lover - and his parents, both convinced that the sky will one day come crashing down on their heads, and both more than able to cope when it does. Of how Mickael has everything he needs to make a go of his life, against all the odds. And of how he blows it. Set against a backdrop of punishing physicality, a combat-fuelled world of obsessive training and dieting and intense, illicit sexual adventure, Cold Showers also casts a piercing eye over the crucial problems of adolescence: How can anyone put up with a mother who cuts off the electricity for two weeks just to save money? Which one rules - Judo or Karate? Can you criticise your dad for hitting the bottle too hard? How do you lose 9 kilos in 6 weeks? Are there reallypeople who long for disaster to strike? What's the best way to organise a threesome? Can you handle it when it happens? And how the hell do you get the last squeeze out of an empty tube of toothpaste? Cold Showers. Blackly comic, brutally funny, heartbreaking, truthful. A tragi-comedy. About happiness and hardship, sex, luck and catastrophe.


  • Johan Libéreau, Salomé Stévenin, Florence Thomassin, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Claire Nebout, Aurélien Recoing


  • Producer(s): Pascal Caucheteux, Sebastien Lemercier
  • Director(s): Antony Cordier
  • Screenplay: Antony Cordier, Julie PEYR
  • DP: Nicolas Gaurin
  • Editing: Emmanuelle Castro
  • Original Music: Nicholas Lemercier
  • Set Design: François Girard
  • Original Title: DOUCHES FROIDES
  • Genre(s): Drama, LGBT

  • Production company: WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS
  • Production date: 2005
  • Language: French
  • Duration: 102 min
  • The Directors' Fortnight 2005
  • César Awards 2006 - Nominated
    Award(s) : Best First Film
  • Munich International Film Festival 2005
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2005
  • Busan International Film Festival 2005
  • Chicago International Film Festival 2005
  • CINEMANIA French Film Festival 2005
  • Stockholm Film Festival 2005
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival 2006
  • Verona Film Festival 2006
    Award(s) : Best Film
  • Transilvania International Film Festival 2006
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2006
    Award(s) : International New Talent, Competition - Grand Prize