Swimming Pool (2004) You may need a cold-water dip after watching Ludivine Sagnier's sizzling performance in "Swimming Pool," the English-language debut of director François Ozon. Set in the…
DVD Review

Swimming Pool (2004)

Ludivine Sagnier, Swimming Pool | BATHING BEAUTY Sagnier is ''Swimming Pool'''s femme fatale
BATHING BEAUTY Sagnier is ''Swimming Pool'''s femme fatale
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 13, 2004; DVD Release Date: Jan 13, 2004; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier; Distributor: Focus Features

You may need a cold-water dip after watching Ludivine Sagnier's sizzling performance in ''Swimming Pool,'' the English-language debut of director François Ozon. Set in the deceptively serene French countryside, the film tells about a demure British mystery writer (Charlotte Rampling) who escapes to her publisher's summer home for a little inspiration. But when his provocative daughter (Sagnier) shows up unannounced, the prim novelist is sidetracked by the teen's seedy conquests -- an irritating distraction that grows progressively intriguing. Ozon blurs the line between fantasy and reality as he explores the increasing tension between the characters to create a chilling erotic thriller. EXTRAS Skippable: a ''Pool'' trailer and a montage of deleted scenes as skimpy as Sagnier's wardrobe.

Originally posted Jan 12, 2004 Published in issue #746 Jan 16, 2004 Order article reprints