The second film I decided to watch was 2003's Swimming Pool, directed and co-written by one of my favorite filmmakers, Francois Ozon. I wish I had some profound insights or anecdotes to offer, but as you know, profundity is not my forte. In fact, as I approach the thirtieth year of my life, I'm looking at my unemployed, uninspiring life and realizing that I might not even have a forte. Should I have a forte by now? Do you? But I digress.
My supposition is that most of you missed this film during its brief theatrical release, and unless you were enticed by the cover art, I doubt you rented it on DVD. Not that it's entirely obscure. I just believe that the ratio of viewers who saw Swimming Pool to those who should see Swimming Pool is way out of whack. Therefore, I present the following list of 30 words, 30 nouns that somehow relate to the film, in order to seduce you into watching it:
Have any of you seen this movie? Did you hate it? I only moderately liked it the first time I saw it, but it stuck with me enough to want to see it again. Now I love it. I've seen it a handful of times now it endears itself to me more every time I watch it. A word of warning: it's slow. Everything happens beneath the surface, and it's definitely more of the meditation-on-themes kind of movie, rather than the keep-you-entertained kind. Nevertheless, it speaks to me for some reason, and it's possibly the best film about the creative process that I've ever seen.