Rent Swimming Pool (2003)

3.5 of 5 from 156 ratings
1h 38min
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Sarah (Charlotte Rampling) is a best-selling murder-mystery writer, tired of London life. Looking for fresh inspiration for her next novel, she accepts an invitation from her publisher John (Charles Dance) to stay in his rural French holiday home for some much needed peace and quiet... But before long the silence is shattered as Johns teenage daughter, Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), arrives without warning, and the battle begins between her easy-living and wild one-night stands and Sarahs old-fashioned values. Part siren, part seductress, Julie systematically unleashes her charms on the men of the village and seems destined for real disaster.
Unsettling truths and disturbing events are unearthed as life at the house and in the village takes one bizarre turn after another.
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François Ozon, Emmanuèle Bernheim
20th Century Fox
Drama, Thrillers
France, Drama, Thrillers
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Run Time:
98 minutes
French Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
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Somewhat confusing - Swimming Pool review by CP Customer

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You think you know what's going on, but at the end...?? It may be wise to watch twice to be sure what is reality and fiction in this film. If you listen carefully you might be able to disentangle who's who. Good performances by the two actress.

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Disappointing - Swimming Pool review by JC

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This film started off ok, Charlotte Rampling giving a great performance as usual. However, about half way through it started to lose the plot, so to speak, and the ending was a bit lame and very unbelievable..

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The Plunge of Life - Swimming Pool review by CH

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How does one depict writing on the screen. At several points in Francois Ozon's Swimming Pool (2003) a crime novelist (Charlotte Rampling) reaches for her laptop to add to the word count of the latest case for her Inspector. This can hardly be something to engross the viewer; in fact, it provides a space in which to ponder everything that we have seen happen around her.

On the face of it, this is not much. Weary of her series, she has been persuaded by her publisher (Charles Dance) to retreat to his poolside villa in the Luberon and let inspiration flow. As is the way of sunny idylls, there is an incursion.

Crashing through the door one day is Ludivine Sangier, the wild and beautiful daughter of Dance by a dead lover, neither of whom was known to Charlotte Rampling (something which upsets her notion that in life one should have a novelist's omniscience). Ludivine lives for drink and men; there seems to be as many of the later as there are bottles; flesh and glass alike are thrown out when used up.

All this disturbs a writer's peace – and provides a variant upon the Inspector's increasingly routine investigations.

Beautifully made, in and out of the water, the film does not shy from lingering, and takes on a dreamlike quality. As the minutes go by, one wonders what is really happening to all these people. Are they a part of life itself or the imagination? And, for all of us, do these overlap?

See it on one's own with pleasure; and with others, it brings debate that could see off another bottle or more. And express surprise that Charlotte Rampling writes directly upon the screen.

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