Drama | French and English with English subtitles | 103 minutes
Sarah Morton, a middle-aged writer of mystery novels, is at a dead-end in her career. Her publisher, John Bosload, anxious to energize Sarah, offers her the use of his country home with swimming pool in the south of France. Shortly after Sarah arrives, she finds Bosload’s promiscuous daughter, Julie, will also be staying at the house. Sarah is furious, realizing her quiet time to write will be disturbed by this loud, sassy young girl. Both Sarah and Julie become infatuated with Franck, a virile waiter at the town trattoria. When it seems Franck may prefer the older Sarah, an enraged Julie kills him by smashing his head with a stone. A shocked Sarah, helps Julie bury Franck in the garden. When Marcel, the caretaker, notices the newly turned earth, Sarah distracts him by seducing him. The end reveals a twist that is straight out of an Alfred Hitchcock film.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 83%
- Metacritic Score: 70
- Cannes Film Festival: Nominated, Palme d’Or
- European Film Awards: Winner, Best Actress (Charlotte Rampling)
- César Awards: Nominated, Best Actress (Charlotte Rampling); Best Supporting Actress (Ludivine Sagnier)
- London Critics Circle Film Awards: Nominated, Best Actress (Charlotte Rampling); Best Foreign Language Film
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For American audiences, SWIMMING POOL is atypical as they come – no explosions, no car chases, no Arnold – but immensely more pleasing than films with all three of those summertime staples. Oh, those wily French.
Mr.Ozon is as perverse as he is resourceful, so he slyly turns his delicate study in generational and cross-cultural sexual rivalry into a suspense thriller.
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