The Swimming Pool | La Piscine (N/C 18+)

Jacques Deray’s breakthrough film was the first in a series of glossy box office hits that placed him in the first rank of successful French mainstream filmmakers throughout the Seventies. It’s a tour de force of erotic languor turning into fear and horror. Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul (Romy Schneider and Alain Delon) spend their vacation in a villa near St Tropez. The main feature of the villa is a swimming pool, around which revolves most of the action. After a visit Marianne invites former lover Harry (Maurice Ronet) and his teenage daughter Penelope (a young Jane Birkin) to stay. Tension between the adults rises especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope. The consequences are deadly in a game of sexual jealousy and possessiveness. Newly restored version.

Cast Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet, Jane Birkin 

Dir Jacques Deray | 1969 | France, Italy | 108 mins | Int sales Unzero film

Superbly controlled psychological thriller. – The Guardian


FILM SHOWING

Chichester Cinema at New Park                 Sun 10 Nov 18:30 

Edinburgh Filmhouse                                    Mon 11 Nov 18:00 

London Ciné Lumière                                     Wed 13 Nov 18:15 

Aberdeen Belmont                                          Tue 19 Nov 18:00 

Dundee DCA                                                       Sat 30 Nov 15:00 

Ipswich Film Theatre                                   Thu 5 Dec (check website for times)

 Nottingham Broadway                              Wed 11 Dec (check website for times)


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