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Swimming Pool (2003)

Dive into this summer's sexiest mystery

Original Title : Swimming Pool
Director : François Ozon
Writer : François Ozon
Emmanuèle Bernheim
Genre : Mystery
Drama
Country : France
Language : English and French
Producer : Timothy Burrill , Christine De Jekel , Olivier Delbosc , Marc Missonnier
Music : Philippe Rombi
Photography : Yorick Le Saux
MPAA Rating : Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use.
IMDB ID : 0324133
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poster for "Swimming Pool" by François Ozon (2003)
Swimming Pool (2003) - François Ozon
 

Starring

Charlotte Rampling Sarah Morton
Ludivine Sagnier Julie
Charles Dance John Bosload
Jean-Marie Lamour Franck
Marc Fayolle Marcel
Mireille Mossé Marcel's Daughter
Michel Fau First Man
Jean-Claude Lecas Second Man
Emilie Gavois-Kahn Waitress at Cafe
Erarde Forestali Old Man
Lauren Farrow Julia
Sebastian Harcombe Terry Long
Frances Cuka Lady on Train
Keith Yeates Sarah's Father
Tricia Aileen John Bosload's Secretary
Glen Davies Pub Barman
 

Plot

Sarah Morton is a famous British mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher John Bosload to stay at his home in Luberon, in the South of France. It is the off-season, and Sarah finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurried pace is just the tonic for her--until late one night, when John's indolent and insouciant French daughter Julie unexpectedly arrives. Sarah's prim and steely English reserve is jarred by Julie's reckless, sexually charged lifestyle. Their interactions set off an increasingly unsettling series of events, as Sarah's creative process and a possible real-life murder begin to blend dangerously together.
 

Comments

Tantalizing With lots of gloss and sheen, François Ozon tells the puzzling tale of an uptight, frigid British mystery author, who spends some time at her publisher's home in the South of France. Plot thickens when Julie, the publisher's sexy daughter, decides to spend some time at the house as well. I liked Swimming Pool. It's an interesting character study full of neat scenes. On one hand, it's a little pretentious, as it tries to look more complex than it actually is. But Swimming Pool is sensuous, elegant, and ceaselessly fun to watch (even though some people found it a little too slow, languid, and confusing). And although it is branded as a mystery drama, there is much humor in Swimming Pool (as well as tantalizing twists and surprises).