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Under The Sand (Sous le sable)

Under The Sand (Sous le sable)
  • 2001
  • France
  • 95 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: François Ozon
  • Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Cremer

Marie (Rampling) has been happily married to Jean (Cremer) for 25 years, but on a joint holiday, he mysteriously disappears whilst swimming at sea. Returning to Paris, Marie continues her daily routine teaching at the university, refusing to believe that she has been bereaved. And then the coastguard rings to inform her that a corpse has been retrieved. Devised by Ozon in collaboration with three female writers, overblown melodrama is eschewed in favour of a sustained mood of melancholy. Rampling provides a superb performance of understated expressiveness, capturing Marie's peculiar blend of vulnerability, self-absorption and haunting emptiness.

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