Francois Ozon’s ‘Sous Le Sable’ (Under The Sand)

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  1. Edwin Pereyra

    Edwin Pereyra Producer

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    Just wondering what everyone else here thought about this film.

    I found it to be a very good film about grief and denial. Charlotte Rampling (Marie) gives a very good performance as a wife trying to cope with a family tragedy (without giving any of the plot away).

    I particularly liked the way the ending was handled.

    It doesn’t give finality to Marie’s predicament. Just when you think that there would be closure, Francois Ozon throws a curve ball of an ending consistent Marie’s character throughout the entire film.

    ~Edwin
     
  2. Mark Pfeiffer

    Mark Pfeiffer Screenwriter

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    Glad you caught this one Edwin. I more or less raved about it back in August when I saw it. Terribly depressing in many ways, but it provides the uplift of seeing a good movie. Rampling won't be nominated by the Academy, but I certainly think her performance is worthy.

    I really liked how her character's actions are mirrored throughout the film, how she continues to behave as she always has. She is stuck in Elisabeth Kubler-Ross' first stage of grief, and just when you think she will move forward, she doesn't. It's a really powerful film.
     
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    The more and more I watch this film, the more it reminds me of L'Avventura. Nevertheless, a great film...
     
  5. Brook K

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    I thought it was excellent as well. I've become a fan of Ozon's and he's on my "see anything with his name attached list". But this was from 2000. I know it's been 2 years or more since I saw it.

    I loved his musical, 8 Women, was a bit more mixed on the more recent, Swimming Pool. He had a movie come out last year, but I don't think it's been distributed in the US yet. He's still relatively young, only 37, though he's been making movies for 15 years.
     

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