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Swimming Pool (2003)

  Directed by: François Ozon
Written by: François Ozon
Starring: Charles Dance, Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier
Links: Swimming Pool on the IMDb, Buy on DVD
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 6.50 (2 ratings)
nofreelist.com Ranking: Ranked equal 121st of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

"Come on, dive in" - a review by pearly

Oh my! Didn't Ludivine Sagnier grow up fast! The last time I saw her, she was in director François Ozon's last film, 8 Women (2002), playing the youngest daughter, a kind of tomboy. In that, she looked like she was about 14 years old (she was more like 23), whereas in this, she looks her age - and moreso, she looks absolutely stunning, and completely comfortable in her own body.

Sagnier plays Julie, the daughter of British book publisher John Bosload (Charles Dance). When Sarah (Charlotte Rampling), one of Bosload's writers, gets writer's block, he invites her to stay at his house in France, and it is here that Sarah and Julie meet.

On first appearances, Julie seems to be the kind of girl who plays by her own rules, but is relatively harmless. But as Sarah spends more time in the same house as Julie, she finds a different side to Julie, and she begins to involve Julie in her newest novel.

You can totally see why Ozon chose to work with Sagnier again in this movie. She oozes sexuality all over the place, and put up against the relative frumpiness of Rampling's Sarah, the two work beautifully together.

The judges of Australian Idol keep talking about how a good performance will start off at a 1 or 2, and peak towards the end at a 10. This is sorta what happens with Swimming Pool. It starts off fairly slowly and innocently, and then turns into something else entirely, and just keeps building on itself, 'til what you thought it was at the start is just the vaguest of memories (you know something funny is going on when the dwarf hits the screen).

From here, you have a piece-together-the-puzzle type movie, where there are a number of conclusions that can be drawn, and different people dicussing the movie afterwards are likely to come to different conclusions. But, in case you're wondering, my conclusion is the correct one, and all of yours are wrong... wrong.... WRONG!

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 27 Oct 2003

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Number of reviews: 1
Number of ratings: 2
Average rating: 6.50
Lowest rating: 6 (by em_fiction)
Highest rating: 7 (by pearly)
 
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