Picks and Pans Review: Under the Sand
Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Cremer
A French husband and his English wife, contentedly married for years, head to their vacation house near the seaside in France. As Marie (Rampling, see page 116) takes a nap on the beach one lazy afternoon, Jean (Cremer) trudges off for a swim and vanishes. Did he accidentally drown? Commit suicide? Run away? The police come up with nothing, and Marie returns to the pair's apartment in Paris. In the months that follow, she tries to adjust to the idea that her longtime partner is gone but keeps conjuring up his image, sharing meals and a bed with a man only she can see.
Rampling, 55, has never looked more exquisitely worn (the film includes a nude scene) than she does in this emotionally powerful French import. Often cast as a haughty harpy (1966's Georgy Girl and 1982's The Verdict), in middle age she has mellowed into an actress of unexpected depth. Watch for the heartrending scene where she tumbles into bed with another man only to gaze sadly over his shoulder at a vision of her husband watching from the bedroom doorway. (Not rated)
Bottom Line: Buried treasure
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