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Named one of People Mag's "Most Beautiful People", Charlotte Rampling gives one of her most acclaimed performances in Francois Ozon's mesmerizing tale of loss and grief. For many years, Marie and Jean have happily spent their vacations together at their country house. One day at the beach, Marie naps in the sand while Jean goes for a swim. When she awakens, he is gone. Did he drown? Did he run off? Distraught, Marie notified the authorities but after an extensive search, no body is found.
François Ozon's Under the Sand revolves around a tender, frightening contrast not easily forgotten: the dead live on only as long as we remember them. Marie (a luminous Charlotte Rampling) and Jean (Bruno Cremer), a middle-aged couple, are on vacation. As they ready the beach house almost wordlessly, a long-standing, intense love is immediately understood. While Marie naps on the shore, Jean goes off for a swim from which he never returns. Six months later, back in her empty Paris apartment, Marie goes about her life as if Jean is still there with her, reading in bed, massaging her feet, sitting at the breakfast table. At dinner parties and lunch dates, her close friends are visibly appalled her behavior. It becomes clear that Marie's place in society is increasingly precarious with a ghost at her side: her husband's bank accounts remain frozen because no body has been identified, her lectures at the university end abruptly in silence, her untimely laughter frightens a new lover. Ozon does not manipulate the viewer with surprise endings or try to charm with gags. Instead, we are intimately drawn into Marie's refusal to let go and her awful panic as Jean begins to fade. --Fionn MeadeSee all Editorial Reviews
Very moving and realistic. I liked that this movie was realistic, slow and quiet.Published 7 months ago by EM
We're afficionados of Kermer's Maigret, and Rampling's entire oeuvre (withe the exception of The Night Porter), so we're an easy sell. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Once again Charlotte Rampling's performance demonstrates the genius that she brings to cinema. Despite the film's predictable final scene, Rampling mesmerizes us in every scene.Published 18 months ago by Dale H. Ross
Imagine going through life never knowing what happened to your significant other.
What would you do? How would you act? Read more
Losing a loved one can stir in us emotions we are not willing, or maybe not even mentally capable, to accept. This is the case when Marie's husband Jean goes missing. Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by Andrew Ellington
In some respects, "Under the Sand" reminded me of George Sluizer's "The Vanishing." Like the obsessive, tormented Rex, who launches a three year search for his abducted girlfriend,... Read morePublished on December 21, 2008 by Bibliofiend
The director once again dives into human's soul. And the result is an extraordinary portrait of grief, that hounts you for days after you've watched the movie... Read morePublished on July 4, 2006 by Gnomeo
Although it may seem there is a whole lot of nothing much going on in this film, what little that is going on says volumes about life for all of us. Read morePublished on April 19, 2006 by book worm
I could see why many consider this to be one of Francois Ozon's best films.
It is good. You just have to be in the right frame of mine to appreciate it. Read more