Swimming Pool
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Sarah Morton is a famous British mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher John Bosload to stay at his home in Luberon, in the South of France. It is the off-season, and Sarah finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurried pace is just the tonic for her--until late one night, when John's indolent and insouciant French daughter Julie unexpectedly arrives. Sarah's prim and steely English reserve is jarred by Julie's reckless, sexually charged lifestyle. Their interactions set off an increasingly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ozon simultaneously manages to make his film lazily sexual and crisply suspenseful."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The story occasionally wanders, but Swimming Pool is definitely worth a dip."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Confusing thriller is absolutely NOT for kids."
‑ Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
"Charlotte Rampling is engaging in this intriguing little whodunit that seems more intent on exposing internal paranoia than it does on real world murder."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"[An] interesting character study of the two women [portrayed]."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"Two parts psychological thriller and one part pretentious French art-house head-scratcher that leaves you mumbling, 'Duh.'"
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"A delectable and daring psychological drama."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This is a very well directed with a good story, great characters, and involving engrossing performances from Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"... sensual and enigmatic"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Although copious amounts of French nudity constitutes, to some degree, its own reward, Swimming Pool is marred by stupor and a fake-as-Lee-Press-On-Nails coda."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Swimming Pool offers something few other movies this summer can match: A dreamy, intoxicating sensuality."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Think of it as a box of chocolates, with Sagnier being the chocolate-covered cherry. And you know the problem with chocolates: They're great to eat but they offer no nourishment whatsoever, and afterwards you feel guilty for the indulgence."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Rampling and Ozon clearly enjoy working together. Rampling relishes psychologically complex roles. Ozon respects his leading ladies enough to give them challenges."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Tiene que ver con eso de la ficción y de ser espectadores, y hasta qué punto creemos lo que se ve en la pantalla como una realidad y no como el antojo de un director de cine."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"As in Chabrol, the plot's not the thing: what drives Swimming Pool is the transformations that take place within its characters. Rampling is a pleasure."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
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