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7.7
/10
2,064 Ratings

Under the Sand

Sous le sable

Directed by François Ozon
France, Japan, 2000
Drama, Mystery

Synopsis

Marie and Jean have been happily married for years and are on holiday in Western France. As is their custom, they spend their holiday in a cottage on the coast. When her husband goes swimming and, after a brief afternoon nap, Marie wakes up, she finds that her husband has not returned.

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Under the Sand Directed by François Ozon
In a development that belies all received wisdom about actresses and aging, Rampling’s greatest parts wouldn’t come until after she turned 50. In Under the Sand (2000), her career-revitalizing collaboration with François Ozon, she gives an acute performance of grief, playing Marie Drillon, a Paris-based English-lit prof who refuses to acknowledge her husband’s disappearance.
January 05, 2016
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Rampling, like Susan Sarandon, is far more interesting, accomplished, and attractive in middle age than she was in her 20s, and this film takes full advantage of this fact. One of the ways it does this is by displacing the issue of what happened to Jean and why — a displacement that feels very real, given all of the mysteries in life that remain unsolved — and instead concentrating on the psychological ramifications of the disappearance for Marie, which ultimately seem more interesting.
August 10, 2001
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It’s no slight to Ozon’s direction to say that the virtue of the film is its minimalism—the fact that it can be reduced to the relationship between camera and actress.
May 01, 2001
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