Marie 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…
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In which Rampling shows that she only needs 30% of her face visible in order to out-act the world. But let's be honest - this is mostly an acting experiment. I would have loved to see it as a one-woman show. We have one fabulously-played character venturing out into the world with diminishing returns. What it can't say about the psyche could fill, and does fill, much better trauma dramas.
This is a mild Ozon after releasing the raucous "Water Drops on Burning Rocks" the same year and also "Sitcom" a few years prior. Maybe trying to show the critics/snobs that he can be a "serious" filmmaker he throws this in their face and they praise it. But the raucous stuff is better.
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.