Francois Ozon Collection

  |  Buy to Own: 01/10/2007
Rated TBC by the BBFC


A trio of films by the internationally acclaimed French director. In 'Swimming Pool' (2003), bestselling author Sarah (Charlotte Rampling) goes to stay in her publisher John's holiday home in rural France for some much-needed peace and quiet. But soon John's teenage daughter, Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), arrives without warning, and the battle begins between her easy living and one-night stands and Sarah's old-fashioned values. In '8 Women' (2002), Ozon brings together many of France's most celebrated actresses for this country house murder musical set in the 1950s. When teenager Suzon (Virginie Ledoyen) returns to her family home for Christmas, she is greeted by her glamorous mother (Catherine Deneuve), her wheelchair-bound grandmother (Danielle Darrieux), her bookworm sister (Ludivine Sagnier), her spinster aunt (Isabelle Huppert) and the new family maid (Emmanuelle Béart). But the holiday is quickly thrown into confusion by the discovery that Suzon's father has been murdered in his room. One of the eight women gathered in the house must be the culprit, but which one? In 5 x 2 (2004), the film shows five scenes from a modern marriage in reverse order from its disintegration to its genesis. It provides an insight into an ordinary middle-class relationship: that of Marion (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) and Gilles (Stéphane Freiss). First, the divorce proceedings, then an unhappy dinner party, the birth of the couple's only son, the wedding and finally the first meeting.