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Under the Sand (2000)

Sous le sable (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Mystery | 4 May 2001 (USA)
When her husband goes missing at the beach, a female professor begins to mentally disintegrate as her denial of his disappearance becomes delusional.

Director:

François Ozon

Writers:

François Ozon (scenario and dialogue), Emmanuèle Bernheim (collaboration) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Rampling ... Marie Drillon
Bruno Cremer ... Jean Drillon
Jacques Nolot ... Vincent
Alexandra Stewart ... Amanda
Pierre Vernier Pierre Vernier ... Gérard
Andrée Tainsy Andrée Tainsy ... Suzanne
Maya Gaugler Maya Gaugler ... German woman
Damien Abbou Damien Abbou ... Chief lifeguard
David Portugais David Portugais ... Young lifeguard
Pierre Soubestre Pierre Soubestre ... Policeman
Agathe Teyssier Agathe Teyssier ... In charge of luxury store
Laurence Martin Laurence Martin ... Apartment seller
Jean-François Lapalus Jean-François Lapalus ... Paris doctor
Laurence Mercier Laurence Mercier ... Paris doctor's secretary
Fabienne Luchetti Fabienne Luchetti ... Pharmacist
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Storyline

Marie, a professor of English literature in a Paris university, has been happily married to Jean for 25 years, although they have no children. During their summer vacations in the southwest of France, Jean leaves Marie sunbathing on the beach and goes to swim in the sea. When Marie turns back, she cannot find Jean. Has he left her? commited suicide? drowned? With no clue and no body to mourn over, Marie acts as her husband was still alive. Written by Loic Henry-Greard

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Taglines:

Can love vanish without a trace?

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Japan

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

4 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Sand See more »

Filming Locations:

Lit-et-Mixe, Landes, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,657, 6 May 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,450,106, 10 March 2002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Marie Drillon: I am his wife, and I'm telling you, this is *not* him!
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Connections

Followed by Time to Leave (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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By Beth Gibbons (as B. Gibbons) - Geoff Barrow (as G. Barrow)
Performed by Portishead
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(p) 1997 Universal - Go Beat
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Universal Music Projets Spéciaux
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An honest but uneasy depiction of a woman's yearning for her dead husband.
29 April 2001 | by libertyvalanceSee all my reviews

Many film fans run screaming for the door when confronted with French film drama. It is true: a lot of them tend to be over-talkative and self indulgent. François Ozon's Sous le sable is a worthy exception. Carried almost entirely by Charlotte Rampling, this story of a woman unable to face the loss of her husband marks the return to form of a great actress. Through her sensitive handling of her character one tends to forget the effort that must have gone into depicting an intelligent woman slowly going to pieces. Ozon managed to capture the special sensuality of an older woman especially well in the erotic scenes; imagined or otherwise. It is not an easy film to watch, the subject matter too painful, but its unflinching honesty coupled with Ramplings moving performance make it more than worth-while.


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