Under the Sand (2000)

Genres - Drama, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Release Date - May 4, 2001 (USA - Limited), May 4, 2001 (USA)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France, Japan  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Rebecca Flint Marx

Noted French filmmaker François Ozon directs this drama about personal loss and resilience. Marie (Charlotte Rampling) is deeply in love with her husband, Jean (Bruno Cremer). One day while vacationing at the seashore, Jean disappears into the ocean. A distraught Marie notifies the authorities, but sadly, they find no trace of her beloved husband. Later, back in Paris, Marie attends a dinner party hosted by her friend Amanda (Alexandra Stewart); over the course of dinner, it emerges that Marie and Jean had been married for 25 years. Marie speaks of Jean as if he were still alive, something that disturbs Amanda's fellow dinner guests, and after she is driven home by Vincent (Jacques Nolot), another guest, Marie sees Jean in her apartment and at breakfast the next morning. It quickly becomes apparent that Marie's imagination enables her to go along in life as if nothing happened to Jean, but as she slowly becomes involved with Vincent, she begins to cope with the fact that she is in fact living on her own.



devotion [dedication], disappearance, grief, husband, investigation, sea, vacation, coping


High Artistic Quality