Swimming Pool

Released 2003


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Swimming Pool

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François Ozon
Swimming Pool is a 2003 French thriller from director Francois Ozon that stars Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, and Charles Dance in a story about a crime novelist suffering from writer's block who retreats to her publisher's scenic summer home to write in solitude, only to find herself caught up in a real-life crime drama. Rampling plays Sarah Morton, an English author having trouble with her new book. Her publisher (Dance) invites Sarah to make use of his summer home in Southern France, a quiet and peaceful place. Soon after her arrival, however, her publisher's attractive, young daughter shows up to join her. Initially, Julie (Sagnier) is a distraction, a mere nuisance. However, Sarah begins to obsess over the girl's lifestyle'her ceaseless one-night stands, her effortless beauty. As tensions arise between the two women, the quiet summer home turns into a unpredictable and dangerous place. Swimming Pool is a gripping film that has been compared to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, receiving praise from critics around the world.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Simultaneously a thoroughly mannered, mischievously artificial confection and an acute piece of psychological realism. Whose psychology, and which reality, remains ambiguous even a...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Ozon misses some chances with Sarah, but Rampling doesn't skip a beat. Freed from the burden of likability, the actress pushes the character from near-farce to near-tragedy, withou...

  • 80

    Variety David Rooney

    Working predominantly in English for the first time, the French director has crafted an absorbing tale about the merging of fiction with reality, propelled by contrasting performan...

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steamy situations, family tragedy, Thrillers, sex sells, raunchy