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Swimming Pool

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France, United Kingdom · 2003
Rated R · 1h 42m
Director François Ozon
Starring Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance, Jean-Marie Lamour
Genre Crime, Thriller

Traveling to her publisher’s French country home to seek solitude, uptight British crime novelist Sarah Morton’s peace is disrupted by the arrival of his uninhibited daughter, Julie. Though their different lifestyles cause them to clash at first, the two women eventually form an unlikely bond, one that begins to strain when things take a dark and dramatic turn.

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Village Voice by Dennis Lim

Less a thriller than a comedy, and a formulaic one at that, predicated on an amusing but bizarrely simplistic clash of personalities and cultures.


Premiere by Glenn Kenny

It’s worth seeing twice just for the privilege of watching Rampling and Sagnier match each other stroke for stroke.


Dallas Observer by Jean Oppenheimer

A delicious little thriller about an uptight, ill-humored English mystery writer who becomes enmeshed in murder, Swimming Pool is at once comical, contrary, resourceful and ambiguous.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

The narrative logic of Swimming Pool slips through our hands like cool water, shimmery and light-dappled, leaving behind the pleasures of summer heat and goose bumps.


TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

Tricky thriller relies on its smoothly unrippled surface, leisurely pacing and slightly awkward performances to create a false sense of security that sets up viewers for a shock when it takes an abrupt turn into Patricia Highsmith territory.


New York Post by Megan Lehmann

Along with co-writer Emmanuele Bernhein, Ozon...has crafted a contemplative blend of fantasy and reality that illuminates the mysteries of the creative process.


Chicago Tribune by Michael Wilmington

Immersed here in both the fair, dreamy air and chilly, deeper waters, Rampling and Sagnier make Swimming Pool a fine sunlit noir, oozing sensuality and menace.


Salon by Stephanie Zacharek

Even though it has some amusing moments, Swimming Pool crawls entirely too slowly toward -- well, toward nothing much.

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