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Swimming Pool (2003)

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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John Bosload
Jean-Marie Lamour ...
Franck
Marc Fayolle ...
Marcel
Mireille Mossé ...
Marcel's Daughter
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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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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$10,105,505 (USA) (10 October 2003)
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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 London Tube in the beginning scenes of the movie shows the exterior of a 1996 stock Northern Line Train, but interior of a 1972 stock with a visible "Central Line" maps over the windows. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Morton: When someone keeps an entire part of their life secret from you, it's fascinating and frightening.
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Remake of La Piscine (1969) See more »

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Promised Land
(1988)
(Joseph Welbon) (as Joe Welbon)
Published by Sanlar Publishing B.M.I. 1988
Trax Records - Chicago Illinois
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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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