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The Swimming Pool (La Piscine) (1969)




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Jean-Paul (Alain Delon) is an out-of-work writer having an affair with Marianne (Romy Schneider), a successful journalist. As they frolic in a swimming pool in St. Tropez, she receives as call from the record executive Harry (Maurice Ronet). He arrives with his nubile young daughter (Jane Birkin). Harry and Marianne were once lovers and he makes a pass at her. Meanwhile, Jean-Paul makes a pass at Harry's daughter. After some drinking, Harry and Jean-Paul fight, resulting in Harry being pushed into the pool. Jean-Paul refuses to help the struggling man as he drowns, and the young couple tries to get their stories straight in order to avoid being charged with murder in this sometimes masochistic feature from France.

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Critic Reviews for The Swimming Pool (La Piscine)

All Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | October 5, 2011

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.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Eye for Film

A tour de force of sexual longing and controlled suspense.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011

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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Electric Sheep

An intriguing forerunner to François Ozon's Swimming Pool, it's languidly paced and elegantly lensed, though its prize asset is Delon/ Schneider's sexual sizzle.

Full Review… | September 21, 2011
Total Film

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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