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SWIMMING POOL, by the pool!

  • The Standard Downtown LA 550 South Flower Street Los Angeles, CA, 90071 United States (map)

Free screening of SWIMMING POOL by - and in!- the pool on The Rooftop at The Standard Downtown LA
550 S Flower St
Doors at 8:30pm


SWIMMING POOL (2003), dir. François Ozon
Starring Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier

The two women, the handsome waiter, the hours of idleness, the swimming pool: it sounds like, and on one level is, a scenario worthy of Eric Rohmer. 
But Mr. Ozon is as perverse as he is resourceful, so he slyly turns his delicate study in generational and cross-cultural sexual rivalry into a suspense thriller. There is a mystery lurking in Julie's past... 

''Swimming Pool'' is rated R. It's summertime. It's the south of France. It's a French movie. Who said anything about clothes?
-- NY Times

It’s easy to be seduced by Ozon’s deadly use of silence. Far scarier than any one specific moment is the uncomfortable line the director allows his characters to walk between the deadpan and the grotesque. And because Rampling and Sagnier are so good, watching their characters is not unlike observing two sparring organisms see-sawing for power while trapped inside a pastoral petri dish.
-- Slant Magazine

Rampling plays Sarah Morton, a British crime writer whose novels seem to exist somewhere between those of P.D. James and Ruth Rendell. Now she is tired and uncertain, and her publisher offers her a holiday in his French villa. She goes gratefully to the house, shops in the nearby village, finds she can write again. 
Then an unexpected visitor turns up: Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), the daughter her publisher didn't think to tell her about. Sarah is annoyed. Her privacy has been violated. Her privacy, and her sense of decorum. Julie is gravid with self-confidence in her emerging sexuality, appears topless at the villa's swimming pool, brings home men to sleep with--men who have nothing in common, except Julie's willingness to accommodate them. Sarah is surprised, intrigued, disapproving, curious. She looks down from high windows, spying on the girl who seems so indifferent to her opinion. Eventually she even steals glimpses of the girl's diary...
-- Roger Ebert

Earlier Event: June 22
The Double Life of Veronique