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Swimming Pool (2003)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Jean-Marie Lamour ...
Marc Fayolle ...
Mireille Mossé ...
Marcel's Daughter
First Man
Jean-Claude Lecas ...
Second Man
Emilie Gavois-Kahn ...
Waitress at Cafe (as Emilie Gavois Kahn)
Erarde Forestali ...
Old Man
Lauren Farrow ...
Sebastian Harcombe ...
Terry Long
Frances Cuka ...
Lady on the Underground
Keith Yeates ...
Sarah's Father
Tricia Aileen ...
John Bosload's Secretary


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La piscina  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,585,109 (France), 23 May 2003

Opening Weekend USA:

$286,950, 6 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,105,505, 12 October 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,372,390, 7 November 2003
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Inside Sarah's bedroom there is a window less than outside. In particular, that one on the inside left wall, near the corner, beside the writing desk, which, otherwise, can be seen in the outside shoot (in that room there are two windows on that side and one window and a french window on the side of the balcony). See more »


Julie: [sauntering over to Sarah's lounge chair, bikini bottom without the top, long legs, bare breasts, charming raw European accent] You not too hot?
[the older woman wakes up, startled]
Julie: Sorry I woke you up.
Sarah Morton: [composing herself] No.
[sitting up]
Sarah Morton: I was just dozing.
Julie: [soft laugh, casually sitting down flat next to Sarah's deck chair, not at all mindful of her lack of dress] You must be working too hard. You should take a swim in the pool. The water is cold. It will wake you up.
Sarah Morton: Ah, well, thank you for your ...
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References Persona (1966) See more »


Spirit of Dallas
(Anders Bagge)
Ref. Disque MAT 169
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What's real and what's fiction
26 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film owes a great deal of gratitude to the second collaboration between Francois Ozon and his leading lady, Charlotte Rampling. They ought to team up more.

As with the previous film, Under the Sand, this is an enigmatic piece of cinema. This film, I believe, has more to do with Sarah Morton's imagination than with the actual story presented to us. There are so many hidden clues within the story that everyone will have a different take in what is presented in the film and what the actual reality is.

Francois Ozon is not a boring director. He will always present an interesting story, fully developed, with many twists to get his viewer into going in different directions trying to interpret it all.

Charlotte Rampling is magnificent as Sarah Morton, the repressed author of mystery novels. Ludivine Sagnier is very good as the mysterious Julie, the alleged daughter of Sarah's publisher, but now, is she really that person?

The ending will baffle the viewer. This is a film that will stay and haunt one's mind for days.

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