Unter dem Sand (Sous le sable)

Feature Film | FR, JP 2000 | 92' | Subtitled English

The settled coupled Marie and Jean spend their holiday at the seaside. But a dark shadow has fallen over their marriage, and at the beach Jean has suddenly disappeared. All searches remain futile, but when Marie returns home, she still tries to resume her live as it was before – with Jean, who in her eyes is still living with her. But when she begins an affair and is more and more confronted with the contradictions of her illusion, her body and mind slowly start to unravel. Until a body is found… Ozons first collaboration with the great Charlotte Rampling is a tour de force in acting and directing. The film remains speechless for long sequences, highlighted only by bad omens and subtle details that send the protagonist ever deeper into her downward spiral of delusion. UNDER THE SAND is a study in loneliness and loss, both touching and disturbing, defying all clichés of mourning and »getting over it«.

Producers
Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier
Director
François Ozon
Script
François Ozon, Emmanuèle Bernheim, Marina de Van, Marcia Romano
Photography
Antoine Héberlé, Jeanne Lapoirie
Editor
Laurence Bawedin
Sound
Jean-Luc Audy, Benoît Hillebrant
Music
Philippe Rombi
Casting
Antoinette Boulat
Principal Cast
Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Cremer, Jacques Nolot, Alexandra Stewart, Pierre Vernier, Andrée Tainsy
Production Companies
Fidélité Productions/Euro Space/Haut et Court/arte France Cinéma/Canal+

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