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Swimming Pool (2003)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  21 May 2003 (France)
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A British mystery author visits her publisher's home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 (as Emilie Gavois Kahn)
Erarde Forestali ...
Old Man
Lauren Farrow ...
Julia
Sebastian Harcombe ...
Terry Long
Frances Cuka ...
Lady on the Underground
Keith Yeates ...
Sarah's Father
Tricia Aileen ...
John Bosload's Secretary
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Storyline

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. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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21 May 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La piscina  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$28,984 (South Africa) (21 May 2004)

Gross:

$50,726 (South Africa) (28 May 2004)
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Trivia

Charlotte Rampling's character Sarah is named after her sister, who killed herself at age 23. She told The Guardian, "I thought that after such a very long time of not letting her be with me that I would like to bring her back into my life." See more »

Goofs

The morning after that Julie arrived to the villa, we can see an external shoot of the house where all the blue shutters are open. A moment later, when Sarah goes outside the kitchen and looks toward the Julie's bedroom, the shutters are opened (the last french window and the window near the right corner). See more »

Quotes

Julie: I'm so tired!
Sarah Morton: Not surprised. It's tiring to kill a man.
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Connections

Remake of La Piscine (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne in C Sharp Minor - op.19 no.4
(1873)
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) (as P.I. Tchaikovsky)
National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
(Conductor: Gerhard Markson)
KAPAGAMA / NAXOS
(By agreement between HNH International and KAPAGAMA)
Distribution NAIVE
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Excellent
23 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film on HBO in 2005 and now own it. HBO and others continue to run it. It is a very mature, engrossing film with a metaphorical plot. From the opening credits it immediately begs for your attention and once it has you in its grasp, you will find you cannot escape. A successful author of a series of mystery novels but bored with her work, Charlotte Rampling goes to the south of France for looking for fresh ideas for a new book, begins down one avenue and then changes direction. The location, photography and performances are exceptional as is the set design, replete with elegant simplicity that flows past your eyes. You are drawn in so well you can taste the wine and feel the pool's water flowing around you. The actors, especially Rampling and the actress who plays Julie, are impeccable. The Swimming Pool is a totally wonderful experience. Dive in!


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