Swimming Pool ★★★★

A mystery of sorts from Francois Ozon, centering around the complex relationship between two women - Sarah, a repressed British mystery writer (Charlotte Rampling) who is dissatisfied with her fairly successful yet unchallenging career and taking a holiday at her publisher's villa in France, and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), the sexually-uninhibited daughter of the publisher who shows up to share the villa with Sarah.

The contrast (and hostility) between the two women is sharp but there is also a strange fascination with the other, and a gradual blurring of roles and relationships. To say more would give away the plot, the outcome of which is elliptically revealed in the final 20 minutes of the film. But it has a desultory pace, in keeping with the relaxed atmosphere of the villa, as the viewer comes to realize that things are not quite as clearcut as the seemed.

Superior acting by both leads, each of whom had worked with Ozon before. I am almost always impressed by Charlotte Rampling as an actress who has taken on complex roles as she has aged. The music (Philippe Rombi) is perfect for the story, and Ozon, who directed and wrote the screenplay, is a director I admire and respect.

Seen as a Netflix DVD.