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Review of Swimming Pool

Posted by phduffy on 2004-04-03 20:27:10
 
Swimming Pool is a french film directed by Fran├žois Ozon.

Charlotte Rampling stars as British writer Sarah Morton. WHile suffering from a bit of writer's block, Sarah moves to her publishers house in France.

Quickly after she moves in, her publisher's daughter Julie moves in with her.

Julie "had my first man at 13, and I haven't stopped since".
Sarah seems to disaprove, and yet be somewhat envious at the same time of the relationships that Julie has.

The movie takes a while to get going, as the first half is Julie and Sarah living in the house. Julie runs around naked for a while, skinny dips, etc. Sarah finds Julie's diary, and seem to be using it as a source...

I don't want to go into too much detail, as there are some strange confusing things going on here. Once I'd finished it, I had to go to imdb to try to figure out what had happened. A few people compared it to Mullholland Drive. The most frustrating part about attempting to enjoy this movie, is that there is apparently a deleted scene that makes parts of the movie much more clear.. I can't understand they the director would have left that scene out.

An interesting movie, with a confusing mystery. Most of the movie is devoted to understanding the characters of Julie and Sarah, and gaining insight into their lives.

For the Children:
The gardener has a daughter that suffers from a disease that makes her look old!
And the publishers daughter looks great naked.