Swimming Pool

Dive into this summer's sexiest mystery

So I've been lumbered writing a review for a film I've never seen, this has happened before but at least then I had heard of the film I was writing about! Swimming Pool is a film about a swimming pool and judging by some of the photos I have pulled up there are not many clothes shops near this swimming pool!

The BBFC describe this film

"Contains strong sex and language"

The MPAA (US version of BBFC) say

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use.

So this film may have something going for it.

Some guy on Imdb.com said

"Swimming Pool" is one of those rare films that exists as two different movies - once you've seen it and understand what's actually going on, you have to see it again, when it will be an entirely different film, knowing what you will know after having seen it the first time. I love films that exist on that level, particularly when they're well constructed, and I have to say that this is one of the most cleverly written films in this category that I have ever seen. It's brilliantly acted as well, courtesy of the great Charlotte Rampling and wonderful newcomer Ludivine Sagnier (for whom Ozon wrote the movie). Don't read any other reviews, just go to a theatre as soon as humanly possible and submit yourself to it.

But what is this film about?

Amazon.com review says

"The refined Charlotte Rampling stars as Sarah Morton, a successful British mystery writer who is suffering from an extreme case of writer's block. She visits the office of her publisher, John Bosload (played with pompous reserve by Charles Dance), and he offers her his French summer home. It is in an idyllic location, secluded from the rest of the world, and yet is only a short walk from the heart of the nearest village. Sarah snaps up the offer.

The French retreat proves to be just what the writer needed, and in no time Sarah is feverishly click-clacking away at her word processor. Soon, however, her tranquil setting is ruined by the arrival of Bosload's daughter, Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), and then the real fun begins. To tell you any more of the plot would be to take away from your enjoyment of the film. Watching how it all unfolds is part of the pleasure. Needless to say, the film takes some bizarre turns."

So in conclusion this film is about some English writer at a French swimming pool in a bathng suit........

Rotten Tomatoes Score:



Mystery, Thriller


Fancois Ozon


Fancois Ozon


Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance, Marc Fayolle


Philippe Rombi


102 minutes




France, UK


English, French


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