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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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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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$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 »

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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 »

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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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A really European movie
16 May 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

First of all: I like this type of film very much! I was surprised by many comments that talk about a 'foreign film'. As if films from other countries than the USA should have to prove themselves extra... No way! On the contrary! Living in Europe, this isn't a foreign film for me! I was brought up in the sixties, and enjoyed the film-noir genre, the character movies, the French and Italian philosophical movies, the black-and-white films, the films made by the actors, the director and the plot together. So, Swimming Pool is a film that makes me sit on the point of my chair for more than 1 hour and a half. It is an intriguing story, the entire atmosphere is inviting, makes you feel good and being with Sarah/Charlotte all at once. The interference with Sarah and Julie is ambiguous. The continuing layer of lesbian love lays upon their relation, no matter what they do to each other in the beginning of the story. It's a kind of hidden suspense... Ludivine (who plays Julie) is a beautiful, well shaped young girl, with a marvelous body, but even Charlotte Rampling is outspoken and gave herself to the film and to the director, Francois Ozon. A great movie. Just absorb what you see...


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