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Swimming Pool

Charlotte Rampling , Ludivine Sagnier , François Ozon    DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quiet but fascinating thriller. July 10 2004
By A Customer
It is difficult to discuss the movie without giving out spoilers. This is an interesting story that moves deftly between fact and fancy. It is about a successful writer who is in a personal bad moment, tries to go to rest and get her inspiration for a new book. It has its flaws, for example the excessively direct metaphor of the writer's eager eating, hinting to repressed sexuality. The writer of course is the incomparable and beautiful slim Charlotte Rampling, a treat to any cinema fan. She looks ravishing. So does the director's favorite actress, Ludivine Seignier. I think that she gives a perfect performance as the brash and ultimately troubled person who sparks in Rampling's character a number of reactions, professional and otherwise. I don't give it five stars because at some place the story becomes a bit sloppy and unnecessarily gruesome. In the assets of the film I'd put the candid depiction of the girl making love with a boy -her on top- she picks up -within the writer's longing sight-. It is excellent that actors don't shirk from showing on the screen fundamental facts of life, and this must be assumed with naturalness. The score also is very exciting, of the "mysterious" king. The director -who is also the author of the script- achieves an excellent local atmosphere, perfectly convincing, and on the whole, a development from realism to eeriness quite pleasant and unsettling at places. I watched the film at the theater, where it is most effective, and liked it so much that I bought later the DVD. Very enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Huh, wha? July 10 2004
By lb136
A pretentious film that's lovely to look at for the most part.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Charlotte Rampling!!! June 29 2004
Normally I am not crazy about a movie that seems too interested in keeping a young, beautiful, blonde French woman topless or completely nude (not to mention, pairing her off with a series of men that must win points for have good personalities and being fun in bed because they sure aren't easy on the eyes) through most of the movie. However, The Swimming Pool is a very subtle film that starts from a cold place of a stiff, chilly, isolated English writer played accordingly by Charlotte Rampling. (Welcome back Charlotte!!!) Through a quirky, maybe contrived but still very creative and writerly storyline, it warms under a French sun and into a psychological thriller that doesn't quite make sense until the end. Ludivine Sagnier sparkles and recharges everybody's batteries whether she is clothed or not. She is funny, charming, irritating, scary, and pitiful and adds dimension to that tired movie crutch, the young nymphomaniac. (Are we going to see her in more movies? I hope so.) It is a quiet film. Guys might normally not want to watch a story like this, but they could be coaxed into watching a young, beautiful, blonde French woman topless or completely nude. This is a very interesting movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting June 1 2004
By adriana
Swimming Pool was advertised totally wrong. Now I wasn't dissapointed, because I'm not the biggest fan of mysteries/thrillers, but those who are expecting your typical little suspense flick will be more than a little dissapointed.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 1 month ago by Gary Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this film
This film gets your attention from A to Z . Charlotte Rampling's
play is excellent and sustains perfectly an interesting scenario. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Pierre Bouillon
2.0 out of 5 stars Good,,but,,,what just happened?
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 more
Published on July 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars doesn't make sense, but doesn't have to
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 more
Published on July 17 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars porno for uptight liberals
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 more
Published on July 14 2004 by mark twain
4.0 out of 5 stars Tres Bien
Hmmm, I really don't think this movie qualifies so much as a thriller but rather as some type of psychological mystery piece. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by E. Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a suspenseful movie for writers (or readers)
An erotic mystery featuring...a frigid, rather withdrawn writer? Yes, and what a sensual feast of a movie it is! Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Kcorn
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
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 more
Published on June 30 2004 by Sean Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars i liked it
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
5.0 out of 5 stars rocks
this movie absolutely rocks. since this movie has fantastic acting.
Published on June 28 2004 by The Afterparty Pt 3
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