Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Adrift in Soho 2019

- Salient Minus Ten 2017

- Alien Guy Tim 2019

- Elvira: Mistress of the Dark 1988

- Pulse 2017

- Where the Others Are 2020

- Dramatica Diablos - Sinister Symbiosis 2020

- Take My Breath Away 2020

- Blood City Massacre 2011

- A Clear Shot 2019

- Diablo Rojo PTY 2019

- Routines 2020

- The Body 2020

- Candy Witch 2020

- Master Pieces 2020

- The Hidden Lasso 2020

- Dinner Party 2020

- Fame-ish 2020

- A Rock Feels No Pain 2020

- A Nun's Curse 2020

- The Jakes are Missing 2015

- Reawakened 2020

- Easter Holocaust 2020

- Aftermath 2020

- Among Them 2018

- Mondo Siam 2020

- Escaping Freedom 2020

- The Forgotten Mountain 2018

- Wretch 2019

- The Debt of Maximilian 2019

- Evil Little Things 2019

- DisGraced 2019

- A Great Brother 2020

- Life Between the Waters 2017

- Ouijageist 2018

- A Room Full of Nothing 2019

- Khazana 2014

- Kill Me in the Moonlight 2020

- Human Zoo 2020

- Mac Isn't Gay 2020

- Ghost 2020

- Girls Just Wanna Have Blood 2019

- When I Became a Butterfly 2018

- Occurence at Mills Creek 2019

- Nightfire 2016

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Swimming Pool

France / UK 2003
produced by
Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier for Fidélité Productions, France 2, Gimages, FOZ, Headforce Ltd, Canal+
directed by Francois Ozon
starring Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance, Jean-Marie Lamour, Marc Fayolle, Mireille Mossé, Michel Fau, Jean-Claude Lecas, Emilie Gavois-Kahn, Erarde Forestali, Lauren Farrow, Sebastian Harcombe, Frances Cuka, Keith Yeates, Tricia Aileen, Glen Davies
written by Francois Ozon, Emmanuèle Bernheim, music by Philippe Rombi

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!

British mystery writer Sarah Morton (Charlotte Rampling) feels a bit burnt out, so her publisher  John Bosload (Charles Dance) suggests for her to stay at his villa in France for a few weeks for some rest and relaxation ... and it really works, Sarah calms down a lot, and after a time she really starts to write again - until Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) arrives, Bosload's daughter from an ilicit affair, and Julie is everything Sarah is not, open and fun-loving where Sarah is stuck up and promiscuous while Sarah seems to be the perfect old spinster.

Of course the two women clash, especially when Julie brings home another lover every night. But then, one day Julie doesn't come home, and all Sarah finds is her panties on the lawn. Sarah#s first instinct is, curiously enough, to searhc Julie's stuff, until she finds her diary, which she soon uses as inspiration for the book she writes ...

When Julie does come back the next day, Sarah sees her in another light, and tries to make up with her, become friends with her, even if it is only for the sake of her book. Gradually, Julie opens up to Sarah ... until she finds out that Sarah has been using her diary as inspiration ...

To have a bit of revenge, Julie the next evening invites Frank (Jean-Marie Lamour), the waiter of the local café who she knows Sarah has a soft spot for, over to the villa, intending to seduce him before Sarah's very eyes - but somehow it doesn't quite work out when Frank shows way more affection to Sarah than expected and is not all that interested in Julie. Ultimately, Julie persuades him to a nude swim in the villa's swimming pool, but when she starts to give him a blow job, he pushes her away and ...

And the next day, Frank is nowhere to be found, even though Sarah conducts a thorough investigation - until she comes home and Julie confesses she has killed him - and indeed, his corpse is in the shack in the garden. Asked why she did it, Julie claims it was for the sake of Sarah's book - Julie seems to have a soft spot for writing women since her deceased mother wrote a novel her father refused to publish ...

Sarah is far from handing Julie over to the police, instead she helps her burying Frank in the garden, and helps her getting rid of evidence ... and when a few days later Marcel (Marc Fayolle) almost stumbles over Frank's grave, Sarah even seduces him to keep him from snooping around any more.

After weeks the women part, with nobody having grown wise to what they did ... and as a farewell present, Julie gives Sarah her mother's unpublished novel and asks her to have it published under her own name, for the sake of her mother.

Back in Great Britain, Bosload refuses to publish what Sarah has given him (which might or might not be Julie's mother's novel), which Sarah though had already contemplated and contacted another publisher who is all too pleased to publish it ...

The last scene though, when Bosload's daughter Julia (Lauren Farrow) visits her daddy in the office though seem to suggest that pretty much all of the story was just made up by Sarah, and that there never was a Julie or a murder ... but perhaps there was.

 

Within Francois Ozon's oeuvre, Swimming Pool is certainly no masterpiece, it's a rather conventional murder mystery with a few unujsual plottwists. However, taken as a conventional murder mystery with a few unujsual plottwists, Swimming Pool is a pretty good, original film, beautifully photographed, intelligently directed and excellently played.

Recommended !

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Swimming Pool
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Swimming Pool here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Swimming Pool at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD