Sous le sable (Under the Sand)
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Marie and Jean are a married couple, set in the rhythms of a life spent together. As they begin their regular holiday at their country house, nothing seems amiss. But one day at the beach, while Marie naps in the sand, Jean goes for a swim and vanishes without a trace. Frantic, Marie combs the beach, then calls the lifeguards and local police, who are all unable to locate him. Left with unanswered questions, Marie returns to Paris alone. She attends to her familiar schedule of teaching classes, going to the gym and meeting with friends, but she is consumed by memories of her beloved Jean-… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Under The Sand lifts the phantom-spouse syndrome to the level of art, yet another dimension for this popular form."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It's hard even to describe the movie without making it sound trite. Rather, by showing behavior, the film gets at the emotional truth that underlies it."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"A stately and reticent portrait of arrived-at bereavement... and the capacity for self-delusion [anchored by] the beautiful and talented Rampling, enjoying her largest, most interesting role in some years."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"A beautiful and challenging film."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Characters will do or say something that seems inexplicable until Ozon provides a context, and suddenly it all makes sense."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"... this picture demands (and rewards) close study ..."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Quando o filme chega ao fim, podemos até não saber muito mais sobre o desaparecimento de Jean, mas certamente nos aprofundamos na complexa psiqué de sua esposa."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The film takes you slowly and confidently to the labyrinth of denial that often accompanies horrific loss."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Film Experience
"Under The Sand is vaguely disturbing, in an emotional sense, at all times."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Where Rampling really bares herself is in the emotional revelations and rawness she delivers in just about every screen."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"It crawls under the skin by placing you firmly in the shoes of the mourner."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"A measured yet deeply enthralling character study of loss and loyalty."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Charlotte Rampling is delightfully sincere and believable in her subtle performance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Though flawed, this is a mature discussion of loss, denial and sanity that engages both the audience's heart and its head."
‑ Dan Jardine, Daily-Reviews
"Ozon ... displays a rare talent for being able to reveal life's interiority in unusually palpable terms."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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