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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.

Director:

François Ozon

Writers:

François Ozon (screenplay), Emmanuèle Bernheim | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Rampling ... Sarah Morton
Ludivine Sagnier ... Julie
Charles Dance ... John Bosload
Jean-Marie Lamour Jean-Marie Lamour ... Franck
Marc Fayolle Marc Fayolle ... Marcel
Mireille Mossé Mireille Mossé ... Marcel's Daughter
Michel Fau ... First Man
Jean-Claude Lecas ... Second Man
Emilie Gavois-Kahn Emilie Gavois-Kahn ... Waitress at Cafe (as Emilie Gavois Kahn)
Erarde Forestali Erarde Forestali ... Old Man
Lauren Farrow Lauren Farrow ... Julia
Sebastian Harcombe Sebastian Harcombe ... Terry Long
Frances Cuka ... Lady on the Underground
Keith Yeates Keith Yeates ... Sarah's Father
Tricia Aileen 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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On the surface, all is calm. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 »

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She never presses the space bar while typing. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Morton: I pity your mother.
Julie: You pity her? Why?
Sarah Morton: Well, I imagine having a daughter who comes home with a different man every night must be difficult for a mother.
Julie: Well, you imagine wrong. You know what? You're just a frustrated Englishwoman who writes about dirty things but never does them. You can shove your uptight morals up your ass!
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Alternate Versions

The U.S. release is available in two forms: the unrated version and the "R" rated version. The unrated version contains full frontal nudity which was edited out of the "R" rated version to avoid an "NC-17" rating. See more »

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References Images (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Mirror Ball ('Let's do it')
(Steve Everitt)
Ref. Disque ATMOS 126
With grateful permission from KOKA MEDIA
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Excellent
23 July 2006 | by swikectSee 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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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swimming Pool See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$287,296, 6 July 2003

Gross USA:

$10,130,108

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,441,497
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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