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Charlotte Rampling, blocked British mystery writer, borrows the country home of her publisher in order to unblock herself. Rampling, upon arrival, does her smirky smile thing. She carefully assembles her laptop and goes to work. She eats something that resembles yogurt. She discovers the swimming pool, covered, and leaves it that way.
Eventually the publisher's daughter Julie turns up. She's French hottie Ludovine Sagnier. A young blonde with a narrow triangular face and classic nose (when shot in profile you'll maybe think she has features that really belong on the front of a coin), she lives a messy life and upsets the orderly Rampling more than somewhat. She uncovers the swimming pool and skinnydips about among the leaves that have collected. At this point the movie comes to life for a while. Probably you'll enjoy the scenes in which Ms. Sagnier romps around in various states of undress.
Eventually, there is (perhaps) a murder. Eventually Rampling loosens up and unlooses the inner writer in her. Or maybe the inner plagiarist.
By then, you probably won't care very much.
Notes and asides: There is no director commentary. There are 11 minutes of deleted scenes. Ms. Sagnier does not appear in them. Since there was no reason to have included them in the first place, this is a complete waste of time.
Swimming Pool is more of a brooding little character study; with gorgeous scenery, a minimalistic, but on point script, and expertise, subtle performances from both the actresses.However, those who are again expecting a fast paced fun flick with thrills and kills need look elsewhere.Swimming Pool is moody, and slow-moving, and meandering, and very much an artsy flick.But an artsy flick done perfectly-not in the vain of shallow wannabes like Lost In Translation.
You can read the plot from numerous other reviewers, but suffice to say, there really isn't much of one. It is not much more than a look into the lives of two very different women who develop a detached but at the same time close friendship over a short period of time in a lavish French country house.
This is the first film I have seen with Charlotte Rampling, and I have to say that I intend to see more. She is an expert at saying little but expressing a whole lot. Another actress would'nt have been able to give much dimension to Charlotte's role as the icy mystery writer, Sarah Morton-But Rampling manages to make Sarah come alive on scren. Props also go to Ludivine Sagnier, who holds her own exceptionally well despite being a young newcomer.Again, in most films, the "sexpot" is usually not more than a one dimensional object-but Ludivine Sagnier, also with great taste and subtlety is able to bring humanity and a soul to her generally cliched "sexpot" character. And c'mon ladies, I'm a heterosexual female and all, but you gotta admit she's got one hot body on her.Read more ›
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This film gets your attention from A to Z . Charlotte Rampling's
play is excellent and sustains perfectly an interesting scenario. Read more
This movie was good but what just happened? Why is Julie two different people? One in braces and the one we saw all through the movie. Are they one in the same? Read morePublished on July 18 2004
it's true: you can watch this film x number of times and still not know what happened. i don't think the director or writer knows, either, because there really isn't one logically... Read morePublished on July 17 2004
For all their posturing, liberals are often sexually crippled, unphysical, unhealthy intellectual type slobs who simply hate to call things by their right names. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by mark twain
Hmmm, I really don't think this movie qualifies so much as a thriller but rather as some type of psychological mystery piece. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by E. Farrell
An erotic mystery featuring...a frigid, rather withdrawn writer? Yes, and what a sensual feast of a movie it is! Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Kcorn
While I certainly like nudity and erotica, I found this tale to be only mildly interesting and kind of contrived and found none of the suspense or excitement discussed by... Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Sean Patrick
i really do like this movie. since this movie is way way better than watching afterdark movies.Published on June 28 2004 by The Afterparty Pt 3