Marie, a professor of English literature in a Paris university, has been happily married to Jean for 25 years, although they have no children. During their summer vacations in the southwest of France, Jean leaves Marie sunbathing on the beach and goes to swim in the sea. When Marie turns back, she cannot find Jean. Has he left her? committed suicide? drowned? With no clue and no body to mourn over, Marie acts as her husband was still alive. –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
i need to watch this again because i felt like it didn't work at all. i was with my sister during this and at some parts we even laughed. i didn't know whether to interpret the work as frightening, funny or devastating. we were confused. exhausted by the experience.
One of Francois Ozon's best films, Under the Sand follows Marie and Jean on their summer break to the beach in southwest France. Shortly after arriving to their cabin retreat and enjoying an afternoon at the beach, Jean mysteriously disappears beneath blue skies. Marie, excellent played by Charlotte Rampling, verges on madness in an obsession to find her husband in a film exploring memory and a shared past.