SWIMMING POOL
2003, Focus Features, 102 min, France/UK, Dir: François Ozon

A British mystery author, a summer house in the South of France and a poolside escapade gone awry are the basic ingredients of this Hitchcockian thriller starring Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier. The Palme d’Or competitor has no shortage of Ozon twists and turns as it depicts the commission of a single mistake and the efforts of two women to contain that mistake.


NON-FICTION
DOUBLES VIES
2019, Sundance Selects, 107 min, France, Dir: Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas’ wry, slyly seductive tale of sex, lies, and literature reunites the writer-director with Juliette Binoche (CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA) and Guillaume Canet (TELL NO ONE). Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, this timely comedy traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer (Vincent Macaigne) begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs - including a passionate fling with an actress (Binoche) who happens to be married to his editor (Canet) - as fodder for his explosive new novel. Balancing dry wit with keen observations on the tensions between art, commerce, and technology, NON-FICTION is a buoyant, breezy delight from a master director at his most effortlessly brilliant. “This is a major entry in a fascinating career - a treat for the director’s devotees as well as French-cinema buffs in general. Powered by a quartet of superb performances - including another jewel-like turn from Juliette Binoche - NON-FICTION begins as a talky study of the Parisian intelligentsia, then gradually tightens its emotional grip. It’s the latest evidence of the director’s gift for tackling grave subjects with the lightest of touches…” – Jon Frosch, Hollywood Reporter.


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