I come into this having watched and adored Ozon's Dans la Maison and Jeune & Jolie. Ozon displays a fascination with the human body and relationships, belied by a sharp, playful, and sometimes satirical wit. It is perhaps this sensibility that draws me to his films, and I was once again enthralled by Swimming Pool. I've seen many reviews that write the film off for being slow, but I was compelled by the chemistry and tension between Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine…
It's confounding. It's thought-provoking. It's unexpected. All the things a good documentary should be.
Makes you think about what art is; where do you draw the line between creativity and delusion? What makes art?
The documentary in itself is nothing like what I've watched before. It takes your preconceived notions and flips it on your head. Extraordinary.
I'm still blown away, speechless really.
"I think the joke is on... I don’t know who the joke is on, really. I don’t even know if there is a joke."
Ryan Gosling gives a layered performance in a role that hints at the potential he showed fully in Drive. Doing so much with so little, Gosling lays bare the empty life of a drug addict struggling to get by. Shareeka Epps matches him brilliantly as the guarded young girl who won't take no for an answer. Unwittingly discovering Gosling's character Dan Dunne's secret, she ends up being the one holding him up, rather than the other way around. Their chemistry…