Under The Sand details
|Starring:||Alexandra Stewart, Jacques Nolot, Pierre Vernier, Bruno Cremer, Andree Tainsey, Charlotte Rampling|
Under The Sand
|Run time:||1 hour 34 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Sep 2001|
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Rampling's FinestBy a customer from London, England , 08 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]On the first morning of their annual summer vacation, Marie and Jean go to the beach. Married 25 years, they appear relaxed with each other. Marie dozes on the sand whilst Jean sets off for a swim. He never returns.
Rampling gives possibly her finest performance as a woman confronted with immeasurable change in her life. Ozon refuses to offer neat solutions, instead leading the viewer through Marie's actions and reactions as time passes. Is Marie in complete denial or completely in control?
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Empty beaches they have in France.By Oldbloke (349 reviews) from Sidmouth , 04 Jun 2013Childless middle aged couple spend the day at the beach. He disappears during a swim and she returns to Paris, where she refuses to acknowledge that he has probably drowned and comforts herself with the illusion that they are still living together. She begins a tentative love affair with Vincent but is still consumed by her love for her husband. Only when the police call her to identify a body, must she finally face up to reality. Rampling is spectacular as the sensual and edgy Marie. My problem is that the film ends just as her grief starts, it's only half the story. Good though.
Typical FrenchBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 11 Apr 2013Dull and boring. Typical slow and ponderous French fare with sub titles. Charlotte Ramling is good though. But the film is uneventful with a disappointing ending.
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best ozonBy britpicdick (76 reviews) , 27 Mar 2013WOW. Francois Ozon's most grounded and convincing movie thus far. Really upsetting, immersive and sad story about companionship and loss.
Under par for OzonBy Minopater (261 reviews) from Wallington , 07 Nov 2011I'm a fan of Francois Ozon but found this film disappointing despite a convincing performance from Charlotte Rampling as a wife who cannot accept the sudden and unexpected disappearance of her husband of many years. She copes by pretending to herself and her friends,who are trying to help her,that her husband is still around. I just felt that the plot moved too slowly and ponderously and that there could have been more drama. I couldn't fault Charlotte Rampling's performance though.
Lotties out of her depthBy Stephen from North Cornelly, South Wales , 28 Oct 2011Whenever directors are swirling into a mire of mediocrity and self absorption, the plot is getting a bit hide-bound, the characters are a little stale and the narrative is going no-where, Charlotte Rampling can always be relied upon to get them out and liven things up a bit. At least thats the theory.
Im confident that in Ozons current Potiche - which I have yet to see - Catherine Deneuve will perform the same life-saving task without resorting to the same tack.
This is a story about death and loss - it is striking in the way it portrays a very comfortable middle-aged middle-class couple who lose their way, but after the initial moments in which a strong sense of isolation are very well conveyed, the rest of the film rests uncomfortably with Charlotte Ramplings central performance, which for me at least just doesnt cut it. The over-riding feeling that I have is one of annoyance towards the Parisienne self satisfaction which, with the continual dollops of 'J'ai grandi en Angleterre' seems to fizzle and fade especially now that the more wonderful Kristen Scott Thomas has raised the flag on this particular conquest.
The high points of this dirge are undoubtedly Bruno Cremer in shorts and the best one-line response ever offered to La Rampa by Andrée Tainsy - I wont spoil it but you will know it immediately when it comes. Otherwise, its all Death and the personal feeling of Loss of a once comfortable middle aged woman playing in academia and the arts - a dead loss, then.