Under The Sand (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  

Original title:  Sous Le Sable

France, 2000.  , , , , .  Scenario and dialogue by Francois Ozon, collaboration with , , . Cinematography by , .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Bad-boy French director Francois Ozon astonishes his audience with this mature and exceptionally subtle drama.  stars as a woman who, while on vacation at her beach house, wakes up after a nap on the sand and finds that her husband hasn’t returned from his swim. After days of searching, the police give up looking for him and she returns to her home life in Paris, but not the same woman she was before. Whereas her friends are trying to help her get through the grief, Rampling insists on going on as before, talking about her husband in the present and imagining him with her when she gets home. Ozon deals with the issues of loneliness and repression with exceptional grace, and coaxes a very natural and powerful performance from his leading lady.

European Film Award Nominations:  Best European Actress (Charlotte Rampling); Best European Director (Francois Ozon)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

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