Sous le sable (Under the Sand)
Sous le sable (Under the Sand) (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 4, 2001
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Rampling carries the film with her finely nuanced performance of a woman coping with her husband's death.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Under The Sand lifts the phantom-spouse syndrome to the level of art, yet another dimension for this popular form.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

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.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

... this picture demands (and rewards) close study ...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Both of these Ozon films can do what few directors have mastered. They can make us feel exactly what the director intends, without overt or obvious cues.

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Tom Grealis
RTÉ (Ireland)

A measured yet deeply enthralling character study of loss and loyalty.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

It crawls under the skin by placing you firmly in the shoes of the mourner.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Ozon shoots it all with such haunting economy and breathless intimacy, and Rampling acts it with such candor and recklessness, that the film keeps lingering in your mind after you see it.

Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Complex drama of grief and its effects on one woman. Minimal dialogue and maximum emotional truth are on display. Charlotte Rampling is a marvel.
Daniel Parsons
François Ozon's films, even those that aren't entirely successful, are always worth seeing, and <i>Sous le Sable</i> is certainly no… More
Drew Smith
Is there any working performer with eyes as expressive and versatile as Charlotte Rampling's?
Doctor Strangeblog
Meet Cleopatra, the Queen of Denial, except here her name is Marie. Meticulous, sloooow-moving meditation on grief and coming to grips with sudden tragedy.… More
John Ballantine
Beautiful and heartfelt. Another gem from the very robust French cinema industry. This is a truly moving depiction of the mourning process. Ozon does a great… More