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Encyclopedia > Swimming Pool (film)
Swimming Pool
Directed by François Ozon
Produced by Olivier Delbosc
Written by François Ozon
Emmanuèle Bernheim
Starring Charlotte Rampling
Ludivine Sagnier
Charles Dance
Distributed by Focus Features
Release date(s) 18 May 2003 (Cannes Film Festival)
Running time 94 min.
Language English
French
IMDb profile

Swimming Pool is a psychological thriller released in 2003. It was directed by François Ozon and stars Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier. Image File history File links Swimming_pool_(movie). ... François Ozon (born November 15, 1967) is a French writer and director whose films are usually characterized by sharp satirical wit and a freewheeling view on human sexuality. ... François Ozon (born November 15, 1967) is a French writer and director whose films are usually characterized by sharp satirical wit and a freewheeling view on human sexuality. ... Emmanuèle Bernheim (born in 1955) is a French writer. ... Rampling modeling on a Mickey Spillane book cover, 1972. ... Ludivine Sagnier (born on July 3, 1979) is a French actress and model. ... Charles Dance OBE (born October 10, 1946 in Redditch, Worcestershire) is an English actor. ... Focus Features is the art house films division of Universal Pictures, and acts as both a producer and distributor for its own films and a distrubutor for foreign films. ... is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Psychological thriller is a specific sub-genre of the wide-ranging thriller genre. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... François Ozon (born November 15, 1967) is a French writer and director whose films are usually characterized by sharp satirical wit and a freewheeling view on human sexuality. ... Rampling modeling on a Mickey Spillane book cover, 1972. ... Ludivine Sagnier (born on July 3, 1979) is a French actress and model. ...

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Plot summary

Sarah Morton (Rampling), a middle-aged English mystery writer, is having writer's block that is stopping her from completing her next book. She has written a long, successful and very popular series of novels featuring a single detective, and feels jaded. In the opening sequence, a reader recognizes her during a trip on the London Underground, but Sarah denies being the author pictured on the book jacket and quickly gets off the train. Middle age consists of the ages around, or older than, the middle of the average lifespan of human beings. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Look up mystery in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... For other uses, see Writers block (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Book (disambiguation). ... The London Underground is an underground railway system - also known as a rapid transit system - that serves a large part of Greater London, United Kingdom and some neighbouring areas. ...


Sarah's publisher, John Bosload (Dance), offers her his country house near Lacoste, France for some rest and relaxation. After becoming comfortable with the run of the house, Sarah's vacation is interrupted by a girl claiming to be the publisher's daughter, Julie (Sagnier). She shows up one night claiming to be taking time off from work herself. She also claims that her mother used to be Bosload's mistress, but that he would not leave his family. She further describes John as "the King of orgies". A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... A country house is a large dwelling, such as a mansion, located on a country estate. ... Lacoste (43°50′ N 5°16. ... For other uses, see Vacation (disambiguation). ...


Julie is a party girl whose sex life consists of one-night stands with various men, and a competition of personalities develops between the two women. At first Sarah regards Julie as a distraction from her writing. She uses earplugs to allow her to sleep during Julie's noisy nighttime adventures, although even then she has a voyeuristic fascination with them. Later she abandons the earplugs during one of Julie's trysts. It is clear that she envies Julie's lifestyle. The competition comes to the fore when a local waiter, Franck (Jean-Marie Lamour), is involved. Julie wants him but he appears to prefer the more mature Sarah, having struck up a relationship with her during her frequent lunches at the bistro. Look up one-night stand in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Voyeurism is a practice in which an individual derives sexual pleasure from observing other people. ...


An unexpected tragedy occurs after a night of flirting between the three. Franck disappears after he refuses to allow Julie to continue performing oral sex on him, when he realizes that Sarah can see them on the edge of the villa's swimming pool. For other uses, see Tragedy (disambiguation). ... Flirting is alleged to be a form of human interaction, usually expressing a sexual or romantic interest in the other person. ... Oral sex consists of all sexual activities that involve the use of the mouth, which may include use of the tongue, teeth, and throat, to stimulate genitalia. ...


While investigating Franck's disappearance, Sarah learns that Julie's mother has been dead for some time, though Julie had claimed that she was still alive. She returns to the villa to find Julie thinking that Sarah is her mother, though she finally accepts that she is not. (Is Julie psychotic or is it an act?). Julie then confesses that Franck is dead. Julie repeatedly hit him over the head with a rock as he tried to leave her at the pool. His body is in one of the outhouses. Psychosis is a psychiatric classification for a mental state in which the perception of reality is distorted. ...


Sarah suddenly becomes the young girl's friend and protector, and assists her in the burying of Franck's corpse and covering up the crime scene. Julie asks if she should trust Sarah because Sarah writes crime novels and knows how to cover up a crime. Sarah responds, "Absolutely." Sarah even seduces and sleeps with the very elderly gardener Marcel (Marc Fayolle) when he becomes suspicious of the spot where the body is buried.


Julie leaves, thanking Sarah for her help and leaving her the manuscript of an unpublished novel written by her late mother, which she had previously claimed that John made her burn.


In a surprise ending, when Sarah returns to England and visits her publisher's office with her new novel, his daughter also shows up in the office; however, the girl in England is literally a different person from the girl that Sarah lived with in France. Her name is Julia, not Julie, and she barely acknowledges Sarah when their paths cross. Sarah watches Julia and her father as she is leaving the office, at the same time seeming to have memories of Julie/Julia by the pool in France.


Analysis

The curious ending confuses the audience on how much of the events at the French country house actually occurred versus how much is Sarah's imagination. One interpretation of these ambiguous scenes is that these imaginations are the basis for Sarah's new book that she wrote during her stay in the house. It is not certain if Julie existed, or if anyone at all stayed at the house with Sarah. The title of the book, which Sarah sold to another publisher because she knew John would not like it, is "Swimming Pool". For other uses, see Audience (disambiguation). ... Imagination is accepted as the innate ability and process to invent partial or complete personal realms within the mind from elements derived from sense perceptions of the shared world. ...


Deleted Scenes

Deleted scenes, included in the DVD release, show Sarah observing a young girl on the train in France, apparently hiking across country and having some trouble with the ticket inspector. She then makes notes as if the girl has given her the idea for a character.


There is also a deleted scene where Sarah and John talk by telephone and he refers to his daughter being at the house. The deletion of this scene suggests that the intent was to deepen the ambiguity, since in the released version he never makes any reference to his daughter being in France.


Cast

Rampling modeling on a Mickey Spillane book cover, 1972. ... Ludivine Sagnier (born on July 3, 1979) is a French actress and model. ... Charles Dance OBE (born October 10, 1946 in Redditch, Worcestershire) is an English actor. ...

Reception

The film was well received and currently boasts an 84% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes with most critics' praise centering on the acting of the two lead women. It grossed $10,130,108 in the United States and $12,311,215 in the rest of the world for a total of $22,441,323[1]. It had a budget of €6.1 million (approximately US$7.8 million), meaning that it was a financial success[2].


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