Under the Sand


Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24

Critic Reviews

  1. Manages the most delicate of hat tricks: It gives definition to uncertainty.
  2. 75
    Rampling's authority over splintered emotions has the force of revelation.
  3. 100
    Mesmerizing and unforgettable.
  4. 88
    A movie of introspection and defiance.
  5. It stays in your memory, will not leave you in peace.
  6. Unexpectedly subtle cinematic style.
  7. Ozon specializes in dissecting the vulnerability, erotic longing, and garbled intentions with which people regularly rub up against one another.
  8. 90
    Powerfully enigmatic study of the fundamental opacity of human relations.
  9. Requires careful attention at its abrupt finish. Close concentration on the final shots yields a meaning not possible should a viewer's attention wander or turn away a few moments too soon.
  10. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Ozon -- has finally hit a home run, and Rampling is his most remarkable RBI.
  11. 80
    A beautifully acted, carefully written meditation on one woman's grief, the enigma of imagination, the persistence of desire and -- let's face it -- the power of denial.
  12. A fascinating movie that explores grief from an emotionally truthful angle rarely seen in movies.
  13. 75
    A sensitive and subtle meditation on aging, loss and bereavement.
  14. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Ozon has crafted a near-perfect film, a mournful, moving kind of cinema poetry.
  15. 90
    It's a role of fierce demands, and Rampling meets them all. In a summer of crass, Rampling is a true class act.
  16. This is Rampling's film, and she's never less than surprising, never less than a revelation.
  17. Fascinating, visually gorgeous cinematic study that will frustrate some viewers by its ambiguity.
  18. Mr. Ozon gives the movie to Ms. Rampling, whose performance is like a perfectly executed piano etude, finding precise, impossibly subtle shadings of pleasure, confusion and distress.
  19. The film ends with a return to the beach, and one of the most psychologically chilling and expertly photographed shots imaginable.
  20. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    An exquisite reflection on personal bereavement.
  21. 80
    Rampling has never been as beautiful, not to mention as emotionally naked, nuanced, and affecting as she is here.
  22. 100
    It's a great pleasure that -- we get to ponder one of the most involving psychological mysteries in recent memory.
  23. Charlotte Rampling takes you so far inside the pain of Marie Drillon it leaves you stirred, shaken and a little in awe.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. DavidR.
    Dec 23, 2006
    This is amongst the best of French Cinema. Charlotte rampling gives an exquisite performance of a lover in denial. Worth watching more than once.
  2. JohnG
    Nov 11, 2005
    Beautifully introspective and subtle. Under The Sand tells the poignant but sad story of a woman struggling to cope with the sudden Beautifully introspective and subtle. Under The Sand tells the poignant but sad story of a woman struggling to cope with the sudden disappearance of her beloved husband. This film quietly studies the effects of lost love. Full Review »