The Swimming Pool (La Piscine) (1969)
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Critic Reviews for The Swimming Pool (La Piscine)
A sexy but slow-moving slice of Sixties style that merits more attention than its been given on this side of the Channel. Its hardly an overlooked classic, though.
Like the swimming pool focal point of the film, things on the surface may look bright and inviting but deeper down there is something altogether more chilling.
Deray does a deft job in capturing the hedonism and abandon of the period, where good looks and chic clothes conceal dark feelings that lurk beneath the surface, helped by a toe-tapping soundtrack by Michel Legrand.
Audience Reviews for The Swimming Pool (La Piscine)
What this sensuous, provocative and elegant French film does so remarkably well is sustain a palpable tension between its characters constantly suspended in the air, be it of sexual nature or unspoken thoughts that are conveyed mostly through meaningful looks and glances.
Boy, not even my buddy Alain Delon could save this one. Slow, meandering, stagnant and emotionless. If they cut out a half hour and actually took a moment to develop these characters past their superficial fronts this could have been great. Instead, they throw out board statements 3/4ths in the film (re: suicide attempt) and expect you to just pick up on it and go with it. Everybody felt insincere and bland, huge disappointment.
Beautiful people in a beautiful setting tell a tale with lots of dark undertones in this French film from 1969. Shades of Lolita with a layer of rampant jealousy as a couple's idyll outside of St Tropez is interrupted by the arrival of a friend and his young daughter. Resentment builds as Harry (Maurice Ronet) and Jean-Paul (Alain Delon) vie for the attention of the Jean-Paul's girlfriend, Marianne (Romy Schneider) and the girl, Penelope (Jane Birkin), provides a distraction. The pot simmers quite nicely and makes a wonderful stew. I found this quite entertaining and not at all dated. It holds up well.
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