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Swimming Pool (2003)



Critic Consensus: A sensual thriller with two engaging performers demanding our undivided attention.

Movie Info

Sarah Morton is a famous British mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher John Bosload to stay at his home in Luberon, in the South of France. It is the off-season, and Sarah finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurried pace is just the tonic for her--until late one night, when John's indolent and insouciant French daughter Julie unexpectedly arrives. Sarah's prim and steely English reserve is jarred by Julie's reckless, sexually charged lifestyle. Their interactions set off an increasingly unsettling series of events, as Sarah's creative process and a possible real-life murder begin to blend dangerously together.more
Rating: R (for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Emmanuelle Bernheim, Emmanuèle Bernheim, François Ozon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 13, 2004
Box Office: $9.9M
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Charlotte Rampling
as Sarah Morton
Charles Dance
as John Bosload
Mireille Mosse
as Marcel's Daughter
Michel Fau
as First Man
Emilie Gavois Kahn
as Waitress at Cafe
Frances Cuka
as Lady on Train
Keith Yeates
as Sarah's Father
Tricia Aileen
as John Bosload's Secre...
Glen Davies
as Pub Barman
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Critic Reviews for Swimming Pool

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (40)

Confusing thriller is absolutely NOT for kids.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

This is a very well directed with a good story, great characters, and involving engrossing performances from Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Rampling and Ozon clearly enjoy working together. Rampling relishes psychologically complex roles. Ozon respects his leading ladies enough to give them challenges.

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
Looking Closer

Charlotte Rampling is engaging in this intriguing little whodunit that seems more intent on exposing internal paranoia than it does on real world murder.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
Cinema Sight

... sensual and enigmatic

Full Review… | January 29, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Tiene que ver con eso de la ficción y de ser espectadores, y hasta qué punto creemos lo que se ve en la pantalla como una realidad y no como el antojo de un director de cine.

Full Review… | October 26, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Swimming Pool


An absorbing and highly stimulating film that intriguingly dissolves the barrier that separates reality and fiction to tell a strange story about that point of an artist's creative process at which she has to search inside herself to reach that sparkle of inspiration that eludes her.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

An author vacations at her publisher's French summer home and meets his daughter, a brazenly promiscuous young woman who becomes the subject of her new novel.
Ludivine Sagnier sizzles every moment she's on screen, but Charlotte Rampling, who always seems to be troubled by some hidden existential quandary, fizzles. The story is far from interesting, and it's only Sagnier's allure that keeps our attention on the film's characters: after all, when we boil this story down, it's merely about a woman briefly seduced by youth. The end. The third act is mostly senseless, and the final reveal is "senseless-er."
Overall, maybe it's only Sagnier's eyes and body and charm and eroticism that kept me interested in the film, but that's good enough for two stars.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

A stylish but ultimately somewhat disappointing exercise in writing, insanity, and the strain two very different people encounter living in the same vacation home. Think "The Odd Couple", only darker, nuder, and much more slower-paced, the film's overall style and masterful performances really help make somewhat mundane material watchable. Rampling is especially impressive as a writer trying to find inspiration for a new story, and maybe finding that in the town whore (Ludivine Sagnier), who just happens to be her publisher's daughter living with her for the time being. The ending does have a twist to it, although it is not as creative and mind-boggling as it thinks it is (I had two theories as to how it was end, one of them was right). Still, director Francois Ozon's feel for the camera and space is irrefutably remarkable, and the only thing that keeps this thing from being watchable is a near third-act collapse and a finale that is predictable. Still, not a bad film at all, probably worth watching if you are a French-art film fan.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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