Mysterious Writer
Swimming Pool
Review by Ross Anthony

Slow. Lots of scenes without any dialogue at all. A British writer takes a break from her London digs and settles in at her editor's house in France. She expects to spend time alone writing her next new and different novel but is interrupted by a visitor.

This film reminds me of "The Others," where you have to endure a great deal of nothing much of interest happening on the screen in order to enjoy the zinger at the end. If you liked "The Others" (I didn't), then you might like this film as well.

There's also quite a sexual component to this picture, but I didn't understand how it fit in. Perhaps I was guilty of losing interest and missing the clues I should have seen. Nevertheless, not only was I bored, I ultimately didn't 'get' this picture.

Pretty good acting mostly, including Ludivine Sagnier who plays Tink in this year's "Peter Pan." Oddly, I wasn't impressed terribly with her performance there, but "Peter Pan" is an excellent film. Although, that family adventure is admittedly and quite drastically different from this eerily somewhat-sexual thriller.

  • Swimming Pool. Copyright © 2003. 102 minutes.
  • Starring Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance, Marc Fayolle, Jean-Marie Lamour.
  • Directed by Francois Ozon.
  • Screenplay by Francois Ozon, Emmanuele Bernheim.
  • Produced by Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier at Mars Films/Focus Features. A Fidelite/Headforce Ltd/France 2 Cinema/Gimages/Canal Plus.

Grade..........................B- (1.5/4)

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