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4 May 2001 (USA) See more »
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Requires settling in and brooding, and watching Rampling slowly adjust and consider love and death See more (68 total) »


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Charlotte Rampling ... Marie Drillon

Bruno Cremer ... Jean Drillon

Jacques Nolot ... 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
Jo Doumerg ... Taxi driver
Michel Cordes ... Superintendent
Maurice Antoni ... Landes doctor
Patricia Couvillers ... Evelyne
Patrick Grieco ... Jose
Axelle Bossard ... Student
Charlotte Gerbault ... Nurse
Nicole Lartigue ... Morgue attendant

Directed by
François Ozon 
Writing credits
François Ozon (scenario and dialogue)

Emmanuèle Bernheim (collaboration) and
Marina de Van (collaboration) and
Marcia Romano (collaboration)

Produced by
Olivier Delbosc .... producer
Marc Missonnier .... producer
Original Music by
Philippe Rombi 
Cinematography by
Antoine Héberlé (director of photography: Eté)
Jeanne Lapoirie (director of photography: Hiver)
Film Editing by
Laurence Bawedin 
Casting by
Antoinette Boulat 
Costume Design by
Pascaline Chavanne 
Makeup Department
Cédric Chami .... hair stylist
Gill Robillard .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Patrice Arrat .... production manager
Pierre-François de Malézieu .... Assistant régisseur adjoint
Alphonse Ghanem .... production manager trainee
Matthias Hibon .... production manager trainee
Pierre Jouanou .... production manager trainee
Nicolas Leclère .... assistant unit manager
Karl Lefebvre .... production manager trainee
Julien Lolivret .... production manager trainee
Gilles Martinerie .... unit manager
Cristobal Matheron .... assistant unit manager
Sybil Nicolas .... unit manager (as Sybil Nicolas Eprendre)
Fabien Peborde .... production manager trainee
Vincent Piant .... production manager trainee
Bruno Rigail .... production manager trainee
Pierre Soubestre .... assistant unit manager
Pierre Wallon .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hubert Barbin .... first assistant director
Cyril Duval .... second assistant director
Raphaëlle Piani .... trainee assistant director
Vincent Vizioz .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Jérôme Bertin .... second assistant decorator
Sandrine Canaux .... set dresser
Thomas Carnet .... second assistant decorator
Laurent Charasson .... trainee art director
Laurent Coutellier .... property master
Emmanuel Marais .... second assistant decorator
Florence Rivière .... second assistant decorator
Sound Department
Jean-Luc Audy .... sound
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Christophe Bourreau .... sound effects
Olivier Busson .... assistant sound (as Olivier Busso)
Benoît Hillebrant .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Gildas Mercier .... assistant sound editor
Benjamin Viau .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Blanc .... grip
Frédéric Blochet .... key grip
Jean-Pierre Bonnet .... gaffer (as Pierre Bonnet)
Thierry Debove .... gaffer
Aurélien Gerbault .... electrician
Mounia Lamrani .... second assistant camera
Eric Larsen .... grip
Pascal Launay .... electrician
Éric Le Roux .... Steadicam operator (as Eric Leroux)
François Leviel .... electrician
Abdellatif Meziane .... groupman
Jean-Claude Moireau .... still photographer
Benoît Rizzotti .... first assistant camera (as Benoit Rizzotti)
Didier Rollot .... electrician
Pascal Saling .... grip
Thomas Sidos .... grip
Ludovic Simeon .... second assistant camera
François Tille .... key grip
Casting Department
Anne-Marie Denis .... extras casting
Audrey Gatimel .... extras casting
Jacques Grant .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothée Lissac .... costumer
Armelle Yons .... costumer
Editorial Department
Olivier Dassonville .... telecine colorist
Christian Dutac .... color timer
Delphine Illouz .... assistant editor
Mélanie Karlin .... post production
Music Department
Richard Boudarham .... artistic director: l'Orchestre Bell Arte
Amélie de Chassey .... music rights clearance
Raymond Maillard .... musician: Violoncelle solo
Delphine Mathieu .... music rights clearance
Orchestre Symphonique Bel'Arte .... performed by (as l'Orchestre BELL ARTE)
Stéphane Reichart .... music scoring mixer
Stephan Rodescu .... musician: Violon solo
Philippe Rombi .... conductor
Philippe Rombi .... musician: Piano solo
Philippe Rombi .... orchestrator
Iris Torossian .... musician: Harpe
Other crew
Franck Belaiche .... production assistant (as Franck Prince)
Anne Bernard .... production coordinator
Laurence Cames .... production secretary
Valérie Delache .... production staff: Fidélité
Régis Dexant .... lawyer (as Maître Régis Dexant)
Agathe Grau .... script supervisor
Françoise Guglielmi .... development coordinator
Laura Marchandise .... production staff: Fidélité
Sophie Mirouze .... production staff: Fidélité
Chantal Poupaud .... development coordinator
Lydia Setton .... production administrator
Karine Texier .... production staff: Fidélité
Sophie Timbal .... production accountant
Anne Wermelinger .... script supervisor
Caroline Benjo .... thanks
Pierre Benque .... thanks
Dominique Besnehard .... thanks
Nathalie Bloch-Lainé .... thanks
Claudine Bouché .... thanks
Arnaud de Moleron .... thanks
France Degand .... thanks
Didier Duverger .... thanks
Sophie Fillières .... thanks
Colette Gervais .... thanks
Daniele Peccoux .... thanks
Christophe Pellet .... thanks
Carole Scotta .... thanks
Elisabeth Tanner .... thanks
Christophe Vidal .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sous le sable" - France (original title)
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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Marie Drillon:I am his wife, and I'm telling you, this is *not* him!See more »
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Featured in The Look (2011/I)See more »
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Requires settling in and brooding, and watching Rampling slowly adjust and consider love and death, 6 February 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

Under the Sand (2000)

The plot is simple, almost too simple, and because very little happens, it depends on mood and deeply serious thinking about death to survive. And on Charlotte Rampling to have the nuance and range to pull it off.

And it works, overall, because of just those two things: heavy subject and Rampling. There are issues (and tricks, cinematically) with ghosts and memories, but these play small against the bigger strain of the lead woman dealing with this sudden trauma in her life. Even though the main event in the movie happens at the start, I don't dare mention it because its surprise is important (I didn't know it was coming, and liked the way it was handled very much).

Director Francois Ozon never seems to quite nail down the pace and editing of his films, at least for American sensibilities. Even the sensationally complex Swimming Pool doesn't quite use its material to propel us in every scene. But let's turn that on its head and say that Ozon uses emptiness and gaps in the action to give his movies breathing room, or maybe, in some old fashioned sense, the make them serious. When nothing is "happening" you can only start to think and dwell on the events, along with the characters. In Under the Sand there is nothing else to do and yet it's exactly what Rampling in her role has to do: think and dwell. It's slow at times, yes, but only if you don't let yourself relax and get absorbed.

And, like the character, confuse what is real from what is chimera, and what she needs with what she once had, and even one man from another. Even her fluid bi-lingual abilities add to the duality. By the time you get to the final scene you are left wondering what true love really is, and whether it's worth it. Because maybe it is. She has something most people do not, and it seems like a sickness and a gift at once.

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