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Under the Sand (2000)
"Sous le sable" (original title)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  4 May 2001 (USA)
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When her husband goes missing at the beach, a female professor begins to mentally disintegrate as her denial of his disappearance becomes delusional.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marie Drillon
Bruno Cremer ...
Jean Drillon
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Vincent
Alexandra Stewart ...
Amanda
Pierre Vernier ...
Gérard
Andrée Tainsy ...
Suzanne
Maya Gaugler ...
German woman
Damien Abbou ...
Chief lifeguard
David Portugais ...
Young lifeguard
Pierre Soubestre ...
Policeman
Agathe Teyssier ...
In charge of luxury store
Laurence Martin ...
Apartment seller
Jean-François Lapalus ...
Paris doctor
Laurence Mercier ...
Paris doctor's secretary
Fabienne Luchetti ...
Pharmacist
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Storyline

Marie, a professor of English literature in a Paris university, has been happily married to Jean for 25 years, although they have no children. During their summer vacations in the southwest of France, Jean leaves Marie sunbathing on the beach and goes to swim in the sea. When Marie turns back, she cannot find Jean. Has he left her? commited suicide? drowned? With no clue and no body to mourn over, Marie acts as her husband was still alive. Written by Loic Henry-Greard

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Can love vanish without a trace?

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4 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Under the Sand  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$32,657 (USA) (4 May 2001)

Gross:

$1,450,106 (USA) (8 March 2002)
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Quotes

Marie Drillon: I am his wife, and I'm telling you, this is *not* him!
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By Beth Gibbons (as B. Gibbons) - Geoff Barrow (as G. Barrow)
Performed by Portishead
© Chrysalis Music LTD
Avec l'aimable autorisation des éditions Chrysalis Music
(p) 1997 Universal - Go Beat
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Universal Music Projets Sepéciaux
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15 October 2001 | by (Kansas City) – See all my reviews

I disagree with a few comments below: first, I believe it 'is' appropriate to switch back and forth between French and English because the character is an english literature professor in Paris and has bilingual friends; second, I feel it is unfair of anyone to characterize the main character as elderly, she is sensual, attractive, and tentatively has a good life to live in her future. I think the loss to the woman of her husband is like suddenly confronting the loss of the last 25 years of her life. To be able to cope with this changed reality she must cautiously explore a new experience; she is afraid to let go of her past and afraid to take hold of a future. I believe at the end of the movie we are shown that she will continue to refuse to relinquish the past, yet, invariably, it is shown to her that she must go on, embracing the present, as must we all.


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