Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

DVD - 2003
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Sarah is a famous British murder mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher to stay at his home in the south of France. Sarah finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurried pace is just the tonic for her-- until late one night, when John's sexy and provocative daughter, Julie, unexpectedly arrives. Sarah's English reserve is jarred by Julie's lifestyle. An increasingly unsettling series of events occur that blend a creative process with a possible real-life murder.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c2003.
Edition: Widescreen version, unrated version.
ISBN: 9780783295879
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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LPL_WilliamO Aug 15, 2018

This a dark, intriguing film. I love the premise of the crime writer on holiday, seeking inspiration for a new novel and finding it in her distaste for her unexpected room mate. You'll walk away wondering, "Wait, did that really happen?"

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Oct 20, 2018

Exactly what goes down in François Ozon’s erotic head-scratcher—feminist psychodrama? artist’s allegory? off-kilter whodunnit?—is entirely up to you but with patience and observation it’s sure to be remarkable. In the role of Rampling’s publisher, Charles Dance brings a dominating male presence to the film, a firm thumb under which Morton’s creativity energy must limit itself only to those pursuits which promise to be the most profitable…for him. Yet finding a muse in Julie’s wanton abandon (and nursing a secret envy) is both a liberating experience and a harrowing adventure for the spinsterish Brit who feels her wild exploratory days are long gone. And then there’s Julie’s succession of sex partners, all generic male egos except for the one hunk that puts Sarah’s own libido on simmer. Central to Ozon’s puzzler of course is the enigmatic swimming pool itself around whose cobalt depths—sometimes murky, sometimes all too clear—the two women spar and share and ultimately transform. If you’re unfamiliar with Ozon’s style this would be a good place to start, if you’re already a fan then welcome home!

LPL_WilliamO Aug 15, 2018

This a dark, intriguing film. I love the premise of the crime writer on holiday, seeking inspiration for a new novel and finding it in her distaste for her unexpected room mate. You'll walk away wondering, "Wait, did that really happen?"

Jan 14, 2017

I originally watched this for purely licentious reasons, and that is reason enough, but the description is exactly correct, Rampling and Sagnier sizzle, with the acting both superlative and full of depth and shadows. Nothing can be criticized about this movie experience! Blended with a Hitchcockian brew, and spiced quite nicely!

Jul 04, 2014

French director Francois Ozon directed this English language (predominantly) film of murder, intrigue and sex. And yes, there is no shortage of nudity in this film, all fairly well-done in my view. Even toward the end one does not know for 100% what actually happened. But that's fine by me, and I enjoyed this film greatly.

Sunnchilde Feb 15, 2014

This is a beautiful story that you experience, not watch. This is a journey. No one in this story will be the same after and not one of them saw this coming. Circumstances, accidents and suddenly your life is forever changed.
Make a pot of coffee, sit in a comfortable chair on a weekend morning, turn off your phone and experience this movie. You won't regret it.

crankylibrarian Dec 17, 2013

Very twisty French thriller that will leave you puzzling over what you thought you saw. Charlotte Rampling plays an author renting a house to cope with writer's block. When the owner's sexy young daughter turns up, the situation becomes increasingly bizarre. Is she who she says she is?

Feb 03, 2012

A prudish, middle aged British novelist's imaginings of a wild & promiscuous teenage girl. Somewhat bizarre...

Jan 11, 2012

It is an odd movie. All in all I thought it was interesting but odd.

EuSei Sep 26, 2011

Mrs. Rampling plays an old, nasty, icy writer turned voyeuse. The young actress (Sagnier) has a raspy irritating voice, but a pretty body and perky breasts she can’t wait to show at any chance. If you can stand seeing a weird-looking, potted-belied French man in tiny (disgusting) speedos, plus middle-aged Rampling naked being fondled by an old, sweaty gardener, than this is the film for you. It left us with a feeling that we wasted our time and came out of it empty-handed.

Sep 10, 2011

Charlotte Rampling is excellent. The ending is a surprise. note: lots of full-frontal nudity.

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Jul 04, 2014

Sexual Content: Sexual situations and full frontal nudity. Not for children.

EuSei Sep 26, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

EuSei Sep 26, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

EuSei Sep 26, 2011

Sexual Content: Including masturbation.


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