Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. France, 2000. Fidélité Productions, Euro Space, Haut et Court, Arte France Cinema, Canal+. Scenario and dialogue by Francois Ozon, collaboration with Emmanuele Bernheim, Marina de Van, Marcia Romano. Cinematography by Antoine Heberle, Jeanne Lapoirie. Produced by Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier. Music by Philippe Rombi. Costume Design by Pascaline Chavanne. Film Editing by Laurence Bawedin. Toronto International Film Festival 2000.
Bad-boy French director Francois Ozon astonishes his audience with this mature and exceptionally subtle drama. Charlotte Rampling 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.