If youre feeling a bit naughty and rebellious during this slack time of the year, go see something rather risqué thats sure to submerge you in (dare I say it?) French culture. There couldnt be a better place to do that this summer than in François Ozons Swimming Pool, or, more specifically, in the theatre near you thats now showing Swimming Pool.
Its a deliciously deceptive film that, despite its lack of substance, holds your attention and, later, makes for great conversation over a snack with a cool drink and, maybe, a dip in your own pool. As his first work in English, Ozons film requires that certain things ought not be discussed prior to seeing it, so in that regard, I will just say that Swimming Pool, should be observed in much the same frame of mind as when watching, say, David Lynchs Mulholland Drive. (These two films, otherwise, couldnt be more dissimilar.) The viewer must be aware of what is intended as reality against that which is imagined. Ozon doesnt make that easy for us. But thats part of the fun of Swimming Pool.
Sarahs London publisher, John, played by Charles Dance, makes his rural chateau in the south of France available as a change of venue and stimulus for Sarah to continue with their profitable crime story series.
The Mediterranean solitude quietly begins to stir Sarahs creative juices in a lovely setting of house with vibrant, blue swimming pool. But as quick as you can say, Marco Polo! the publishers horny, twenty-something daughter, Julie, played by the alluring Ludivine Sagnier, bursts on the scene. Music by Megadeath and noisy lovemaking with hunky males from the local village are not conducive to writing a good mystery. Or, are they?
Ozon revels in the female clash which then leads to a dark turn in a psychological yarn that sustains us right on to the tricky ending. As insurance though, François requires both women to display considerable amounts of skin in the project. They do it with class. In fact, Rampling, deserves congratulations for her risky showing of all in Swimming Pool since it was nearly four decades back that she appeared in Georgy Girl. Hey there, the years have been exceedingly good to this very fine film actress.
Now showing at the AMC Southroads 20 in Tulsa.
Swimming Pool. Rated R; strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence, drug use. Running time 102 minutes
Distributor: Focus Features