Rampling reads crime novels for research

Charlotte Rampling delved into the works of women crime novelists as part of her research for her latest film The Swimming Pool.

Charlotte Rampling delved into the works of women crime novelists as part of her research for her latest film The Swimming Pool.

The British actress plays a prim English writer of detective novels who becomes involved in a real life crime while on holiday at a friend’s house in France.

“This character is very different from me,” she said in an interview.

“The Englishwomen who write detective novels live in a very particular world. I read up a lot on them and read certain authors: Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith, Ruth Rendell.

"They’re truly very singular personalities, a little bit disdainful and ill-humoured and fond of alcohol. They determinedly seek out their solitude and lock themselves away in an uncomfortable world of silence.”

She co-stars with Charles Dance and the French actress Ludivine Sagnier in the mystery, directed by French filmmaker Francois Ozon.

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