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Under the Sand (2000)

Sous le sable (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Mystery | 4 May 2001 (USA)
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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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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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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Trivia

For financial reasons, the movie was shut down for 6 months, which worked for the best for François Ozon because then he actually shot on the summer and the winter, like the movie differentiates. See more »

Quotes

Marie Drillon: I am his wife, and I'm telling you, this is *not* him!
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Connections

Referenced in Searching for Debra Winger (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Septembre (Quel joli temps)
By Barbara - Sophie Makhno
Performed by Barbara
© Les Editions Métropolitaines
Avec l'aimable autorisation des Editions Métropolitaines
(p) 1965 Mercury France
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Universal Music Projets Sepésiaux
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realistic, but magical - a masterpiece
1 August 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I don't quite understand comments about the movie being slow. To me it was quite unpredictable and it maintained suspense throughout. The acting was very good and what struck me the most was how the movie was able to strike a realistic balance in everything, that was almost eerie. Indeed that is what made the movie so convincing to me. What also fascinates me is that even though the movie was realistic it was magical . I guess the real world is a magical place :-)

Bottom line: go see it!


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