Swimming Pool

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Overview

French director François Ozon's deliberate thriller arrives on DVD in exclusive "Unrated" form thanks to the fine efforts of the folks at Universal Studios. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is virtually flawless. Well-balanced colors, even skin tones, and solid blacks highlight a transfer that was obviously taken from a pristine print of the film. Audio is presented in both English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, with an English DTS track also available. Though the dialogue-driven film ...
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Overview

French director François Ozon's deliberate thriller arrives on DVD in exclusive "Unrated" form thanks to the fine efforts of the folks at Universal Studios. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is virtually flawless. Well-balanced colors, even skin tones, and solid blacks highlight a transfer that was obviously taken from a pristine print of the film. Audio is presented in both English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, with an English DTS track also available. Though the dialogue-driven film certainly isn't one to give the top-shelf home audio system a workout, it is clear and free of any audible distortion. In addition to English closed-captioning, optional French and Spanish subtitles are also available. While fans of the film may be excited to notice the inclusion of deleted scenes, most of those included are fairly incidental and mainly feature star Charlotte Rampling walking deliberately through an unfamiliar French countryside. A theatrical trailer rounds out the extras.
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Special Features

Interviews with Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier; outtakes; poster and picture galleries.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Filmmaker Francois Ozon, contemporary French cinema's master of eroticism, outdoes himself with this sultry thriller, a Hitchcockian exercise bound up in guilt, panic, and deceit, and additionally laced with overt sexuality. It provides a great leading role for the charming Charlotte Rampling, here playing a celebrated English mystery writer offered the loan of a French villa by her publisher Charles Dance. The tired, repressed author is annoyed when her privacy is shattered by the unexpected arrival of her host's daughter Ludivine Sagnier, a voluptuous little sexpot who brings men to the villa for sexual adventures and even seduces one of the older woman's potential paramours. Up to this point the film is little more than tawdry melodrama, but Ozon takes a sharp left turn by having Rampling's character commit an uncharacteristic act that she spends the rest of the movie attempting to conceal. The storytelling is unusually facile for Ozon, anyway, although the pacing is a bit slow by Hollywood standards. Ultimately it's Rampling's audacious performance that distinguishes Swimming Pool, although she's ably supported by the fetching Sagnier, a swift-rising starlet and favorite of the director. If you're in the mood for a sophisticated, engrossing tale of suspense, look no further.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2004
  • UPC: 025192382826
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Focus Features
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Unrated / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,599

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlotte Rampling Sarah Morton
Ludivine Sagnier Julie
Charles Dance John Bosload
Marc Fayolle Marcel
Jean-Marie Lamour Franck the Waiter
Mireille Mosse Marcel's Daughter
Tricia Aileen John's Secretary
Frances Cuka Sarah Fan on Subway
Lauren Farrow Julia
Michel Fau Julie's Lovers #1
Sebastian Harcombe Terry Long
Jean-Claude Lecas Julie's Lovers #2
Keith Yeates Sarah's Father
Technical Credits
François Ozon Director, Screenwriter
Luciene Balibar Sound/Sound Designer
Emmanuele Bernheim Screenwriter
Antoinette Boulat Casting
Timothy Burrill Co-producer
Pascaline Chavanne Costumes/Costume Designer
Monica Coleman Editor
Olivier Delbosc Producer
Antoine Garceau Asst. Director
Marc Missonnier Producer
Philippe Rombi Score Composer
Yorick Le Saux Cinematographer
Wouter Zoon Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Main Titles [7:15]
3. London [7:09]
4. Arriving in Lubéron [4:03]
5. Sarah Works Alone [4:22]
6. Julie's Arrival [5:24]
7. The Swimming Pool [7:10]
8. The Food [8:05]
9. The Men [3:39]
10. The Inspiration [5:07]
11. The Absence [7:45]
12. The Dinner [:01]
13. Julie's Revenge [10:57]
14. Sarah Investigates [11:07]
15. Removing the Evidence [7:53]
16. Goodbyes [2:25]
17. Return to London [3:22]
18. Julie/Julia [1:34]
19. End Titles [3:35]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      Theatrical Trailer
      Deleted Scenes
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Languages: Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 DTS
      Captioned for the Hearing Imparied: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
   Play
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sensual, intriguing and a slow burn

    I found it sensual and intriguing, with many fascinating twists and turns. I was so taken by it that I had to review it again in its entirety almost immediately. If you¿re unfamiliar with 'Swimming Pool,' start with the trailer. Pay attention to Charlotte¿s opening lines (also repeated in the trailer) as they quickly foreshadow what doesn¿t unravel until the end. Read between the lines in the exchanges with the mystery author and her publisher to gather additional insight. The last two deleted scenes could have shed more light on the story had they been included in the film. The plot is very slow moving and not straightforward as one may well anticipate in the French genre. Creatively switching from spoken English to English subtitles and back again adds interest along the way. The nudity and sexual situations can be distracting and over the top but may be intended to attract a male audience not particularly patient enough to let the story subtly unwind. As for it reflecting waking reality, well a good mystery draws one in to a story and may be but a selective commentary on our daily existence. The theme music woven in and out is effective to the film¿s scenes as are the many camera shots that artfully frame Charlotte¿s character. Her personal growth from feeling stale to finding her next path is refreshing. Be aware that for the first seven minutes of the DVD one has to sit through several commercials. So, after starting your DVD player, make some popcorn, go to the bathroom, get the kids settled elsewhere and by then it will be time for the movie to properly begin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rambling and Disjointed

    Exhibitionism is no substitute for character development; consequently, there's no understanding of the characters' behavior. Offensive assumption that all-age men will drop their pants for any teenager and that all 'older' women will be hostile towards and envious of nubile teens. At first there seemed to be some suspense but with no real plot or story line, the whole thing misfired. By the way, my husband and I both agree on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Slow but intriguing

    I think this may be one of the slowest moving films I have ever seen. It¿s not as suspenseful as a film like Basic Instinct or The Perfect Murder but it has its moments where things turn interesting. It¿s a good piece of French film making but it has all the tension of Agatha Christie going to MacDonald¿s and finding out the clerk was murdered by the chicken MacNuggett cook and his accomplice was the lettuce washer with a corroborative plan to steal the monopoly contest coupons because they found the missing railroad stamp. It just didn¿t do too much for me but it did have its moments. The problem is when things twist into three different directions. First, we see the burned- out author Sarah Morton, Charlotte Rampling, nagged into going on a trip by her publisher, Charles Dance, to his gorgeous villa in France to regain her composure and maybe spawn some new ideas. Suddenly, in the midst of her tranquility and budding story, the sexy and promiscuous publishers daughter Julie, Ludivine Sagnier, appears. Inspiration runs wild for Sarah as this interesting girl starts forming the character for her new book. The roomie tension takes a new twist as the mutual ignoring turns to hate but instead of building on mutual dislike and friction, it leads to reconciliation and even a cooperation when a local man is murdered. Count on seeing plenty of nude scenes here and some subtitles which makes for a nice foreign film combo. It has a good idea and a nice plot but the conflict spirals off in way too many directions. Its too easy to see the picture of a potentially homicidal room mate but it careens off into the victim of a childhood accident and trauma-inducing insanity shtick starts rearing its ugly head. I found this film entertaining but very slow-paced and that can be good for a mystery but not this one. It didn¿t seem focused enough on the basics. Julies hidden past, Sarah¿s investigation, the dark secretive publisher; this all could have come together to make a great movie. This is yet another example of a great potential having died out with a rather loud thud. Its too slippery to stand on its own weight. Don¿t expect any Hitchcockesque planning or great suspense here. The acting is good but the story isn¿t. Wear plot-thickened glasses when watching. This movie gets a C from me. The unrated version might score higher with some

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really different movie....

    I really liked it, it was a bit of a drag in the beginning, but after it got really good...its not one of those movies you see every day, a little different..but I loved it...I don't know why they never had any previews for it on TV

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