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Swimming Pool (2003)

Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, more...
Director: François Ozon, François Ozon
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Foreign, France, Erotica
Running Time: 103 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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François Ozon's psychological thriller Swimming Pool stars Charlotte Rampling as a mystery writer. When Sarah (Rampling) is offered the use of her publisher's vacation home, she accepts the offer. The conservative, repressed Sarah clashes with the house's other inhabitant, Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), the uninhibited daughter of the publisher. Julie's promiscuous sex life intrigues Sarah and starts to lead to the thawing of the emotional deep-freeze between the two. The death of one of Julie's nightly assignations complicates their lives. Swimming Pool was screened in competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Definitely Worth a Look by notrust August 29, 2006 - 9:37 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
A little slow, especially in the beginning, but it picks up near the end. And after it's over, you'll want to watch it again, because during the "slow" parts there is actually a lot of important dialog that slips right past the first time you hear it. On the down side, I think the ending is a little problematic, but see for yourself.

Lots of nudity, but it is presented tastefully, though not always when you expect it. If this movie is ever shown on broadcast TV (not likely) I pity the person whose job it will be to get rid of the all the nudity. If every nude or semi-nude scene were cut, there would be little movie left except people plugging in their laptops, wandering around aimlessly, and staring out windows.

If you do rent this one, make sure you are in a relaxed, almost meditative mood. Don't expect any 'splosions or chase scenes. I just wish there was a movie this good I could watch every night, but unfortunately movies of this caliber are few and far between. Thanks Ozon!

Patience rewarded by thingstodo February 13, 2006 - 11:42 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
It takes patience to get through this film and finally, during the last few minutes, start to enjoy it. I bet you'll want to go back and rewatch some scenes after it ends.

Before that happens, a considerable amount of time is spent on watching the main character spend time by herself walking around and doing mundane things like kneeling down to plug in her laptop. She's a writer who's not very sociable unless she finds you to be source material for her next book. And she has found such a source in a young sexy French girl whose appearance breathes some life into an otherwise meditative atmosphere. The French girl's one of those fantasies that people, particularly those that find their lives too uneventful, would dream up and write a story around.


examination of lonliness and sensuality by maritoni August 6, 2004 - 1:25 PM PDT
4 out of 11 members found this review helpful
i saw see the sea and then this ozon film. the two are definitely of a certain genre of ozon films. the themes that come to mind are ominous tension, lonely women, beautiful places, water, sexual repression/expression. the film is a tad slow, but holds attention anyway.

rampling is appropriately understated, uptight and lovely as sarah. sagnier does a nice turn as the super sexual, sad julie. there are enough unexpected detours along the way to keep things moving. and once you've seen it, check out a fascinating analysis of the film on ozon's official website (there are spoilers so don't read it before you see it!)

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2003
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
Movies About Writers
Some of the best films about writers, although very few get the writer's life exactly write, er, right. Writers, we're a mopey, lonely lot according to most films. (Well, that part's accurate.)

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