The first English-language feature from French director François Ozon (Under The Sand, Eight Women) puts a slippery spin on the writer's-block movie via a sunstroked tale of sensual fantasy.
Charlotte Rampling is an English crime novelist who hits a creative wall and decamps to her publisher's holiday home in France for inspiration. Once there, her peace is shattered by French minx Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), intent on partying hard and getting a tan. Author and muse circle each other coolly under the hot sun, with Rampling's hooded eyes presiding over the film's voyeuristic passages.
Swimming Pool's baggier than some of Ozon's other dips into murky waters (Regarde La Mer) and hardly the mystery it purports to be, but it's vividly performed and playful.