- Original title
- Running time
- 102 min.
François Ozon, Emmanuèle Bernheim
Yorick Le Saux
Co-production France-UK; Headforce Limited / France 2 Cinéma / Gimages Films / Foz
Mystery. Drama | Erotic. Literature. Psychological Drama
- Synopsis / Plot
- Charlotte Rampling plays Sarah Morton, a prim and proper British author who has written a successful series of mystery-crime novels. However, when she visits her London publisher (Charles Dance) in a dour mood, wearing a depressive pout, and complains that she's no longer his favorite, he invites her to use his vacation home in the south of France as a tranquil escape to try her hand at writing something different. Once there, Sarah receives an unexpected and highly unwelcome visit from his bold, sexy, confrontational teenage daughter Julie (Ludivine Sagnier). The two are instantly at odds with each other, as Julie drinks, smokes, and slinks around the pool topless. Her loose sexual mores and mysterious late nights infuriate Sarah, whose puritanical unease is only exacerbated in Julie's presence. Wonderful scenes of Sarah writing at her computer, her lips twitching wickedly with twisted inspiration, indicate that the story is about to take a turn for the weird. And that it does, quickly, as booze-clouded activities by the swimming pool become dark and seedy.
: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
: Critics' Choice Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
: César Awards: 2 nominations
: European Film Awards: Best Actress (Charlotte Rampling)
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