Sumeet Bal
January 16, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Swimming Pool

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
102 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/02/03
performer
Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance
director
Francois Ozon
distributor
Focus Features
author
Emmanuele Bernheim, Francois Ozon
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

You may need a cold-water dip after watching Ludivine Sagnier’s sizzling performance in ”Swimming Pool,” the English-language debut of director François Ozon. Set in the deceptively serene French countryside, the film tells about a demure British mystery writer (Charlotte Rampling) who escapes to her publisher’s summer home for a little inspiration. But when his provocative daughter (Sagnier) shows up unannounced, the prim novelist is sidetracked by the teen’s seedy conquests — an irritating distraction that grows progressively intriguing. Ozon blurs the line between fantasy and reality as he explores the increasing tension between the characters to create a chilling erotic thriller. EXTRAS Skippable: a ”Pool” trailer and a montage of deleted scenes as skimpy as Sagnier’s wardrobe.

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