Swimming Pool
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François Ozon's psychological thriller Swimming Pool stars Charlotte Rampling as a mystery writer. When Sarah (Rampling) is offered the use of her publisher's vacation home, she accepts the offer. The conservative, repressed Sarah clashes with the house's other inhabitant, Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), the uninhibited daughter of the publisher. Julie's promiscuous sex life intrigues Sarah and starts to lead to the thawing of the emotional deep-freeze between the two. The death of one of Julie's nightly assignations complicates their lives. Swimming Pool was screened in… 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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