Swimming Pool

2003, Drama/Mystery & thriller, 1h 42m

154 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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A sensual thriller with two engaging performers demanding our undivided attention. Read critic reviews

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When uptight British writer Sarah Morton (Charlotte Rampling) has difficulty with her new detective novel, her publisher, John Bosload (Charles Dance), sends her to his French country home to unwind. Once Sarah warms up to her new surroundings, her peace and quiet is interrupted by the arrival of Bosload's daughter, Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), a beautiful, uninhibited young woman. Though the two clash, they eventually form an unlikely bond -- one that is strained when things take a dramatic turn.

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  • Jan 09, 2016
    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 when she has to search inside herself to reach that sparkle of inspiration that eludes her.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2013
    A slow-burning French thriller with more than enough tension and mystery, Swimming Pool is thoughtful and surprising at every turn and features two fantastic performances from Charlotte Rampling and French actress Ludivine Sagnier.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2013
    Ozon creates such a wonderful world for Charlotte Rampling to play in with twists and turns that may or may not be real. A cracker of a film.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2013
    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 H Super Reviewer

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