Piscine

A tour de force of sexual longing and controlled suspense.

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La Piscine

An idyllic Côte d’Azur holiday for lovers Alain Delon and Romy Schneider gets complicated when her ex-lover Maurice Ronet (Elevator to the Gallows, Purple Noon) suddenly shows up on their doorstep, with 18-year-old daughter Jane Birkin in tow… leading to bouts of jealousy, musical beds, drunkenness, and an accidental drowning. Or was it murder? Long a cult film in France, where it’s celebrated as a masterpiece of Gallic noir — but with much of the action taking place around the colorful, sun-splashed swimming pool of the title.

“SEX, SUN… AND SUSPICION. A STAR-POWERED PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER.” – Time Out

“ICILY EROTIC! Seething passion and emotional chaos lie beneath the symbolically placid surface of the villa’s swimming pool, which becomes the site for both seduction and violent revenge.” – Dave Kehr, The New York Times

“Set in a to-die-for villa in the verdant hills overlooking Saint-Tropez, this icily elegant pas de quatre involves four of the most outrageously photogenic actors to ever appear on screen... We sit and revel in the glamour of it all, waiting for those hormonal and homicidal impulses to boil over – as, of course, they do.” — David Melville, Senses of Cinema

“Romy Schneider’s crowning cinematic moment, where she delivered her most enchanting onscreen performance.” – Manon Garrigues, Vogue Paris
Not Rated
Genre
Crime, Drama, Romance, French Cinema
Runtime
123
Language
French
Director
Jacque Deray
Cast
Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet, Jane Birkin, Paul Crauchet
FEATURED REVIEW
Glenn Kenny, New York Times

Schneider and Delon play Marianne and Jean-Paul, a French couple vacationing in a roomy St. Tropez villa whose swimming pool — the “Piscine” of the title — is one of its eminent attractions. They sunbathe, splash and chase one another around the pool as if they were a brand-new couple. As it happens ...

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