Sarah Morton is a famous British mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher John Bosload to stay at his home in Luberon, in the South of France. It is the off-season, and Sarah finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurried pace is just the tonic for her—until late one night, when John’s indolent and insouciant French daughter Julie unexpectedly arrives. Sarah’s prim and steely English reserve is jarred by Julie’s reckless, sexually charged lifestyle. Their interactions set off an increasingly unsettling series of events, as Sarah’s creative process and a possible real-life murder begin to blend dangerously together. –IMDb
One of the most provocative and vibrant filmmakers to emerge during the 1990s, French director François Ozon has distinguished himself with dark, mordantly psychological films that draw their impact from Ozon’s frank and often disturbing explorations of transgression and sexuality. Combining wry humor, sensitivity, and subversive insight with a talent for manipulation, Ozon has earned comparisons to Hitchcock and Chabrol, directors whose works have provided ample inspiration for the young director as he has staked out his own, impressive territory in the cinema. Born in Paris in 1967, Ozon became interested in filmmaking at a young age. The son of bourgeois intellectuals, he was influenced by such Hollywood-based European directors as Hitchcock, Max Ophuls, and Jean Renoir, and also found great inspiration in the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (one of Fassbinder’s early plays would later inspire Ozon’s Water Drops on Burning Rocks). After earning a master’s degree in cinema, Ozon… read more
This film is practially owned by Charlotte Rampling, who plays a successful and stuck-up English author who visits her French publisher's cottage and - according to IMDb - "unusual" daughter. The two form a weird bond and the script allows for Rampling's subtle acting to completely rule and expose her in away that (I feel) allows the viewer to think. One of the better films by Ozon that I've seen so far.
The script could definitely be far better. There are incoherences like the fact that Julie talks about her father on the phone (like she is made or something ?) and then, we learn that her mother is dead.... Just doesn't make sense, like the end which doesn't give more to the movie and should have been removed.
Wow. Movie is just insanity. The first hour and fifteen minutes are intriguing in a way. I had a little bit of a hard time getting through this part, it’s definitely pretty dry. Francois Ozon can bring… read review