SWIMMING POOL

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Release Date: July 02, 2003

Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine
Sagnier, Jean-Marie Lamour,
Charles Dance, and Marc
Fayolle

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder SWIMMING POOL opens
with Sarah Morton, a famous
British mystery author,
denying her identity to a fan
on the subway. Tired of London
and seeking new inspiration,
Sarah later becomes testy with
her publisher, John, when he
asks her what’s wrong. John
suggests she go away to his
isolated home in the South of
France, where she can
relax. Sarah takes up John’s
kind offer. She finds that the
beautiful country locale and
unhurried pace is just what
she needs to start her new
novel. Late one night,
however, John’s promiscuous
daughter, Julie, arrives
unexpectedly. At first,
Sarah’s steely personality
is jarred by Julie’s
reckless lifestyle, but then
she becomes intrigued by the
young woman. Sarah steals
Julie’s diary and begins
writing a new story. Things
come to a head when Julie
brings home the handsome
French waiter from the café
in town that Sarah enjoys
visiting. Suddenly, Sarah’s
creative process and a
possible real-life murder
begin to blend dangerously
together. A final twist in the
story calls into question
nearly everything that took
place earlier. SWIMMING POOL
might have been an interesting
psychological thriller were it
not for its offensive humanist
worldview, graphic sexual
content, and explicit nudity.
When Sarah first arrives, she
takes down the Christian
crucifix above her bed. When
Julie puts it back up, Sarah
takes it down again when she
decides to actually
participate in Julie’s
immoral, reckless lifestyle.
At another point, Julie
accuses Sarah of being
vicariously interested in
perversion, but unwilling to
explore anything smacking of
perversion in real life. At
this point, the movie itself
slowly begins to question
Sarah’s relationship between
the fantasy life in her murder
mysteries and real life. In
doing this, however, the movie
hits viewers with very strong
sex scenes and an abundance of
explicit nudity. Thus,
although the ultimate
intention of SWIMMING POOL may
not be to inspire viewers to
sympathize with Sarah’s
atheistic interest in murder
and sexual immorality, it goes
way over the top in expressing
it. A movie which suggests
that the line between fiction
and reality is very unsteady
is taking a big risk in
depicting such things in such
a realistic way. Furthermore,
the characters of Sarah and
Julie, played by English
actress Charlotte Rampling and
French actress Ludivine
Sagnier, respectively, are not
easy ones with which to
identify, despite the
excellent performances. Please
address your comments
to: David Linde and James
Schamus Co-President Focus
Features 100 North Crescent
Drive, Garden Level Beverly
Hills, CA 90210 Phone: (310)
385-4000 Fax: (310)
385-4408 Website:
www.focusfeatures.com

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 101 minutes

Distributor: Focus Features

Director: Francois Ozon

Executive Producer:

Producer: Olivier Delbosc and Marc
Missonier

Writer: Francois Ozon

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Content:

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GENRE: Mystery Thriller

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Summary:

SWIMMING POOL is a mystery thriller about an uptight British mystery novelist who becomes intrigued by the promiscuous, beautiful daughter of her long-time publisher. SWIMMING POOL might have been an interesting psychological thriller were it not for its offensive humanist worldview, graphic sexual content, and explicit nudity.

Review:

SWIMMING POOL opens with Sarah Morton, a famous British mystery author, denying her identity to a fan on the subway. Tired of London and seeking new inspiration, Sarah later becomes testy with her publisher, John, when he asks her what’s wrong. John suggests she go away to his isolated home in the South of France, where she can relax.

Sarah takes up John’s kind offer. She finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurried pace is just what she needs to start her new novel. Late one night, however, John’s promiscuous daughter, Julie, arrives unexpectedly. At first, Sarah’s steely personality is jarred by Julie’s reckless lifestyle, but then she becomes intrigued by the young woman. Sarah steals Julie’s diary and begins writing a new story.

Things come to a head when Julie brings home the handsome French waiter from the café in town that Sarah enjoys visiting. Suddenly, Sarah’s creative process and a possible real-life murder begin to blend dangerously together. A final twist in the story calls into question nearly everything that took place earlier.

SWIMMING POOL might have been an interesting psychological thriller were it not for its offensive humanist worldview, graphic sexual content, and explicit nudity. When Sarah first arrives, she takes down the Christian crucifix above her bed. When Julie puts it back up, Sarah takes it down again when she decides to actually participate in Julie’s immoral, reckless lifestyle. At another point, Julie accuses Sarah of being vicariously interested in perversion, but unwilling to explore anything smacking of perversion in real life. At this point, the movie itself slowly begins to question Sarah’s relationship between the fantasy life in her murder mysteries and real life. In doing this, however, the movie hits viewers with very strong sex scenes and an abundance of explicit nudity.

Thus, although the ultimate intention of SWIMMING POOL may not be to inspire viewers to sympathize with Sarah’s atheistic interest in murder and sexual immorality, it goes way over the top in expressing it. A movie which suggests that the line between fiction and reality is very unsteady is taking a big risk in depicting such things in such a realistic way. Furthermore, the characters of Sarah and Julie, played by English actress Charlotte Rampling and French actress Ludivine Sagnier, respectively, are not easy ones with which to identify, despite the excellent performances.

Please address your comments to:

David Linde and James Schamus

Co-President

Focus Features

100 North Crescent Drive, Garden Level

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone: (310) 385-4000

Fax: (310) 385-4408

Website: www.focusfeatures.com

SUMMARY: SWIMMING POOL is a mystery thriller about an uptight British mystery novelist who becomes intrigued by the promiscuous, beautiful daughter of her long-time publisher. SWIMMING POOL might have been an interesting psychological thriller were it not for its offensive humanist worldview, graphic sexual content, and explicit nudity.

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