Under the Sand

Synopsis: Marie, a professor of English literature in a Paris university, has been happily married to Jean for 25 years, although they have no children. During their summer vacations in the southwest of France, Jean leaves Marie sunbathing on the beach and goes to swim in the sea. When Marie turns back, she cannot find Jean. Has he left her? commited suicide? drowned? With no clue and no body to mourn over, Marie acts as her husband was still alive.
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Director(s): François Ozon
Production: Winstar Cinema
  1 win & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min


Ready to go?

Come on.

Marie, can you get the door?

Get up.

Should we build a fire?

Want some wine?

- More?

- Just a little.

That's good.

Want to go to the beach tomorrow?

If the weather's nice.

Which beach?

Where the Germans go?

Yes, that's a good one.

Not too crowded.

Where'd you find it?

It's an old bottle from last year.

How is it?

- It's drinkable.

- Not great!

We're finally on vacation.

Are you tired?


That feels good.

Coming for a swim?

Not just yet.

I want to rest a little.

Excuse me,

have you seen my husband?

He's in his sixties, fairly tall?

No. We just got here.

Are you sure?

He's got gray hair,

blue swimming trunks...

He went swimming

and I've lost sight of him.

Sorry, we haven't seen him.

Thank you.

Excuse me...

My husband's disappeared,

I can't find him.

Excuse me, I've got a problem.

My husband is lost.

Calm down.

Did he go swimming?

- I think so.

- You think so or you're sure?

- I'm sure.

- He didn't go for a walk?

I'm telling you

he went in the water!

- On this beach?

- No, further down.

That's out of our sector.

I know, but please hurry,

something has to be done!

It was here.

He went swimming here.

Did anyone see him?

No. Can't you see

it's practically deserted?

We'll alert the police

and get a helicopter.

Did he have any personal or

professional reasons for disappearing?


Or for suicide?

Did he seem depressed

or weary,

or mention a desire to end it?


Very well.

For the investigation,

we're going to need

a very precise physical description

of the missing person, your husband.

Just in case you don't hear from him

in the next few days.

We'll also need medical information.

Whether he's had any surgery,

or fractured bones.



Is anyone there?

It's about lung capacity,

I'm not an old fossil yet!

No, you're just

in the process of fossilizing.

You should go to the gym with Marie.

Yes, come with me.

It'll do you good.

And jump around in loud tights

with a bunch of ladies?

Can you picture me, Vincent?

Not really, no.

You've got the wrong idea about gyms.

There's no need to wear tights.

You'd look cute in nice pair

of shorts.

You don't have to take a class.

There's always the weight room.

I should go,

I really need to build my muscles.

Where do you go?

A little gym a few stops

from my place, most mornings

before work.

My husband always says he's coming,

then backs out.

He's like you, Grard,

not a big athlete.

But he promised me

he'd try to come

on Saturday mornings.

If you came with us, Grard,

you wouldn't be alone.

You'd both be more comfortable.

With all the work you both have,

it's good to have a physical outlet.

Have you always been athletic?

When I was young, in England,

I was a competition swimmer.

Then I met my husband,

a real Frenchman

who loves good meals and fine wine.

More salad, Marie?


It's delicious.

I wish I had your cooking talent.

But you have other talents,

don't you?

Thanks, but don't bother.

I've got it.

Let me help.

Would you call me a taxi?

- Do you like him?

- Why do you ask me that?

No reason.

I think you made

a big impression on him.

Been married long?

Over 25 years.

That's a fair bit of time, isn't it?


- Do you have children?

- No.

You didn't want kids?

You're too nosy.

I know, but I'd like

to know you better.

Do you have time for a nightcap?

No, I've got class tomorrow, and...

Another time.

Not asleep yet?

I was waiting up for you.

Did you have a good time?

It was nice.

Grard was funny.

Did you eat?

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François Ozon

François Ozon (French: [fʁɑ̃.swa o.zɔ̃]; born 15 November 1967) is a French film director and screenwriter whose films are usually characterized by sharp satirical wit and a freewheeling view on human sexuality. He has achieved international acclaim for his films 8 femmes (2002) and Swimming Pool (2003). Ozon is considered to be one of the most important French film directors in the new "New Wave" in French cinema such as Jean-Paul Civeyrac, Philippe Ramos, and Yves Caumon, as well as a group of French filmmakers associated with a "cinema du corps/cinema of the body". more…

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