Under the Sand Movie Review Summary

Actors: Charlotte Rampling

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UNDER THE SAND (Sous le sable) was written and directed by François Ozon in 2000.
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Marie and Jean Drillon are married for 25 years now. They've just got to their country house near the Atlantic ocean for the summer holiday. On the next morning, they go to the beach and Jean goes swimming while Marie is sunbathing. When Marie wakes up, Jean has disappeared and, after some unsuccessful searching, the police assumes that he drowned.

A few months later, Marie still doesn't accept her husband's death. She acts as if Jean were still alive and doesn't listen to her best friend's advice to see a psychiatrist. Every evening, when she comes home, she speaks to Jean and tells him what she has done during the day.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Marie and Jean Drillon, happily married for 25 years, take their annual summer vacation on the southwest coast of France. While Marie reads and dozes on the beach, her husband goes for a swim ... and disappears without a trace. In the weeks that follow, Marie tries to maintain her work schedule (teaching English literature at a Paris university), meets with friends, allows an eager suitor to date her, but continues to pursue the search for her beloved husband and often feels his palpable presence. Did he run away? Did he have secrets from her during their marriage? In this honest and uneasy depiction of loss and confusion, gorgeous Charlotte Rampling, aged 55 years when the film was shot in 2000, intelligently portrays a woman suffering on the edge of sanity.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Coping with loss of loved one?    -   Yes Coping with loss of    -   Husband/boyfriend/squeeze

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British    -   French


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   drowning Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing full frontal--women    -   seeing full frontal--men    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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