Everything that Julie is, carefree, bold, and over sexed, Sarah isn't. He also suggests her to make the experience of writing about a different theme. Advertisement The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. So from at least the halfway point, we're meant to not be quite sure how far or close we're floating from the surface of reality, remember she's writing a story. Sarah is surprised, intrigued, disapproving, curious. Instead we get something intended to be deep, but can only be shallow.
Review Swimming Pool is a first rate film from French genius François Ozon. Swimming Pool benefits implicitly from a haunting soundtrack, which perfectly accents the happenings on screen, and certain points in the movie where the soundtrack is used are truly electrifying. Second, she experiences a complete fugue when she hysterically identifies the protagonist as her mother and fears that she had abandoned her the way her real mother abandoned her and allowed her to be raped by her father. She feels weird getting in touch with her sexual side. So, Swimming Pool is a film that makes me sit on the point of my chair for more than 1 hour and a half. Authors are always grateful to their characters wherever they may come from, since without them there can be no story. They simply personify emotional, sexual and spiritual concepts Sarah encounters on her journey to sexual freedom.
At this point, Sarah has gone from curious voyeur to concerned mother-figure to the actual incarnation of Julie's mother. First, she is a nymphomaniac with a penchant for older men she is repeating the traumatic event. Also, he won't reject her, because he can't believe his luck. Sarah needs to work, and Julie is bringing people to the house. Oh how Sascha Vierny would have mastered this pool, this water, this skin. The caretaker is about to investigate something that is best not investigated. Ludivine Sagnier being the case in point - and she a cruel joke against Morton's dismissive inattentions towards our writerly heroine.
Then an unexpected visitor turns up: Julie , the daughter her publisher didn't think to tell her about. This movie further gives evidence to the fact that fame and wealth are not a guarantee of genuine happiness in life. Reading the film this way makes the sequence between Sarah and Marcel late in the film the seduction more coherent. That is the real-life daughter. At that point we know what Sarah will write, and what will be the title of her novel. Swimming Pool is a French film that mixes a thriller with suspense.
I might not find the first 70 minutes too slow after all. But he becomes one of Julie's conquests, too--maybe because Julie's senses the older woman's interest in him. Sarah's routine won't change, although she will be intrigued by Julie's routine. It is notable how economical the filming is--the setting is limited, the characters few, the range of situations reasonable and not requiring trickery or effects. So what we see are her lost and losing selves embodied in an extremely promiscuous girl. She has an amazing amount of baggage for such a seemingly young girl.
Allí conoce a la hija adolescente de su anfitrión, la atractiva y poco convencional Julie Ludivine Sagnier. The possibility of Sarah's paranoia and mental state are worked into this, and her reliability as a narrator lends the film even more layers to sift through, but that's where its charm lies. Spoilers Ahead: For me the film is rather simple and straightforward--not simplistic, not shallow, but not the Jungian exercise that some have made it out to be either. And how there is nothing more disturbing than trying to conceal a crime that cries out to be revealed. I think that there are enough narrative details to work out the whole thing. That, however, depends on your viewpoint; the action is stretched, but the relaxed tone of the film blends magnificently with the beautiful French scenery, and Ozon's attention to detail with the characters ensures that, although slow, Swimming Pool never descends into boredom and there's always something on offer for it's audience to enjoy. In other words, the publisher raped his daughter Julie, and the child they had is Julia.
I would recommend this film to anyone who loves foreign films. The film is very melodramatic, but never overacted; and this is a testament to the quality of acting on display. She is now willing to do the things she writes, thinks and fantasize about. Eventually she even steals glimpses of the girl's diary. This is a film that will stay and haunt one's mind for days. The way the protagonist smiles so warmly at Julia when she sees her at the office is meant to display her warmly realizing how she resembles her mother Julie in some ways although much younger and not yet sexualized. The movie was really too slow for me for the first 70 mintues, however, and I kept wondering, what is the point of painting us a pictures of this dour and unhappy author's interactions with a lustful irresponsible bratty young woman? Speaking of great casting choices, Ludivine Sagnier is similarly brilliant as Rampling's sexy co-star.
I think the symbolism of the murdered man is killing the man that likes the stronger personality, but cannot resist the temptation of a younger girl - just like her editor lover who cannot leave his wife but will indulge in side affairs. And Luduvine--she is great too. The continuing layer of lesbian love lays upon their relation, no matter what they do to each other in the beginning of the story. The daughter, the gardener, the guy at the café are all characters in her book and she is living vicariously through them and their lives. One criticism that could be, and has been, made of this film is that not a lot a lot happens.