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Swimming Pool

6.3
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Original title
Swimming Pool
Year
Running time
102 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
François Ozon, Emmanuèle Bernheim
Music
Philippe Rombi
Cinematography
Yorick Le Saux
Cast
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Producer
Co-production France-UK; Headforce Limited / France 2 Cinéma / Gimages Films / Foz
Genre
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.
Awards
2003: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
2003: Critics' Choice Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
2003: César Awards: 2 nominations
2003: European Film Awards: Best Actress (Charlotte Rampling)
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