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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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François Ozon

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

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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La piscina See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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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: Awards are like hemorrhoids. Sooner or later every asshole gets one.
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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 Persona (1966) See more »

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An Excellent Idea Wasted In a Very Disappointing Conclusion
11 June 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In London, the successful and weird middle-age writer of police and mystery novels Sarah Morton (Charlotte Rampling) is passing through a phase of lack of inspiration. Her publisher John Bosload (Charles Dance) invites her to spend some summertime days in his house in a small town in France, where there is inclusive a swimming pool. He also suggests her to make the experience of writing about a different theme. Sarah accepts the invitation and travels to the wonderful and lonely place. A few days later, she starts writing again, but her quiet rest is shaken with the unexpected arrival of Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), the sexy daughter of John. From that moment on, reality and dream blends in Sarah's world. I did not dislike this movie, but I believe it is indeed an excellent idea, wasted in a very disappointing conclusion. There are many unexplained subplots and the story is completely open to the most different interpretations, and of course I have mine. But without reading any information or clue from the writer and director François Ozon about his real intention, it is impossible to give a precise clarification. Europeans usually like this type of story, but in this situation, the film does not give necessary hints about the real intention of the plot, and the viewer can speculate only. Charlotte Rampling has a magnificent interpretation, Ludivine Sagnier has a very erotic performance, but to become an excellent film, many clarifications are missing. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): `Swimming Pool: À Beira da Piscina' (`Swimming Pool: On the Edge of the Swimming Pool')


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