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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Undr the SandBy a customer from Epping,Essex , 02 Dec 2009Charlotte Rampling acting superbly in a fairly sad movie but one that gives one a sense of the style of French filmaking where a difficult subject treated well can be absobing and interesting.Worth oa look,not great...but Rampling quite the best on screen ever seen.
Entering the voidBy a customer from Oxford , 19 Aug 2009Despite commendable acting, this film is highly over-rated. In feeling, it reminded me of Sartre's 'Nausea'. However, the emptiness is all-pervading, neither letting up nor standing in contrast to anything meaningful (e.g. a joyful relationship). From the banal beginning, there is nothing but bland space here; even Marie's relationship with her husband is as relishable as the plain spaghetti they eat (where's the sauce?). And, in true French fashion, love and fulfilment are equated with sex, cigarettes and mediocre wine. Even the attempt to make the lead an academic doesn't work - just a cardboard cut-out (how is it many actors fail here?). I guess the film is meant to be profound, but I found it difficult to relate with, or feel for, anyone. Meaningless shadows, living cadavers lamenting the worthless which they have never possessed. One scene is good - when, on the beech, Marie starts to worry about her husband. Besides that, the film's best aspect is that it shows how empty lives can be, and how pathetic old age becomes if one still pursues flickering happiness. Please don't watch this film if you're feeling depressed! You'll possibly realise that ninety minutes of your life have vanished down the black plug-hole of eternity, never to return, and all in return for - well, nothing. Pity - the acting is excellent.
bleak bereavementBy a customer from Uxbridge , 10 May 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideNot a film to watch if you are recently bereaved... Why does someone commit suicide? How does a partner cope when they survive the suicidee?
Unfortunately we are recently bereaved... I can say no more.
under the sandBy a customer from Manchester , 02 May 2009I enjoyed the film did not like the end.
Understated dramaBy a customer from Arundel , 29 Apr 2009Sous le Sable is a melancholy drama of the highest order. And Essex's finest, Charlotte Rampling, who simply gets better with age, is on top form. Recommended.