Sous le sable (Under the Sand)
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Noted French filmmaker François Ozon directs this drama about personal loss and resilience. Marie (Charlotte Rampling) is deeply in love with her husband, Jean (Bruno Cremer). One day while vacationing at the seashore, Jean disappears into the ocean. A distraught Marie notifies the authorities, but sadly, they find no trace of her beloved husband. Later, back in Paris, Marie attends a dinner party hosted by her friend Amanda (Alexandra Stewart); over the course of dinner, it emerges that Marie and Jean had been married for 25 years. Marie speaks of Jean as if he were still alive, something… 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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