Swimming Pool

May 18, 2010

Swimming Pool

This art house film is fairly well done that takes on one of my favorite subjects, writing, much like Finding Neverland.  The acting in this film is quite well done and it just flows together quite nicely blending two stories into one.  It combines a soul finding adventure and mystery.

The story starts off with Sarah Morton, a British mystery writer, trying to get work done on her next book.  She is stuck and hasn’t been able to write for a long time, so her publisher kindly offers her the use of his vacation home, in the south of France.  She goes there, and words start to flow onto the paper, and then a disruption comes into her life as Julie comes into her life as her publisher’s daughter.  She is a promiscuous and is working her way through the town and other country men.  She generally disturbs and frustrates Sarah Morton.  Sarah eventually ends up using Julia as a muse for her story, adding in her sorted affairs.  Things go very wrong when one of Julia’s trysts ends up dead.  Then there is a twist at the end that leaves you thinking.

Charlotte Rampling stars in this film as Sarah Morton.  She does a good job creating the character of a seemingly boring author writing about something that she really doesn’t know having lived a safe life and showing just a little interest in the sorted affairs that are going on around her.  Ludivine Sagnier takes on the role of Julia, and while primarily in the film for her beauty, she does a decent job in terms of acting.  There is some semblance of being care free and rebellious that she blends together very well as she bucks the ideals that Sarah Morton expects.  Rest of the acting is pretty minimal after Rampling and Sagnier, there are various men that show and disappear in the film with Sagnier’s character, and the publisher only shows up at the beginning and end of the film.  They all do a solid job, but it is much more about Sagnier’s character pressing and bothering Rampling’s.

Francois Ozon screen wrote this film as well as directed it.  He takes on a pretty challenging story as creating a story about another storytelling medium.  Visually he does a solid job portraying the beauty of south France and creating a beautiful story at the same time.  He likely won’t ever be a household name in the United States with only a limited number of films, and all of them in France, but he definitely has a talent for story telling and has written most of what he has directed.

This isn’t a film for everyone, it is fairly risque with all the sorted affairs, and it moves along fairly slowly developing characters more then it works on moving the plot along.  However, the characters are interesting and it is an entertaining film to watch.  This is a film that should be better known as well because the story is as good as is, and it is fairly well critically recognized.

Entertainment Grade: B

Critical Grade: A-

Overall Grade: B+


One comment

  1. Hi, nice review! I like reading it.
    Keep up the good work!

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