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La Piscine (1969)
"La piscine" (original title)

GP  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  August 1970 (USA)
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Delon, Schneider and Ronet are a love triangle that leads to disaster.

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Fred (as Steve Eckhardt)
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La mulâtre qui danse (as Madlybamy)
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Emilie
Thierry Chabert ...
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Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa near St.-Tropez. The main feature of the villa is a swimming pool, stage for most of the action. After a visit Marianne invites former lover Harry and his teenage daughter Penelope to stay. Tension between the grown-ups rises especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope. The consequences are deadly. Written by Peter Zunneberg <p.zunneberg@tip.nl>

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Warm, wet bodies fresh in the sweet heat of loving. See more »

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In 2009, the clips from the film featuring Alain Delon (along with Michel Legrand's "Le Slow de La Piscine" from the movie's soundtrack) were used in Christian Dior's commercials for Eau Savage perfume. See more »

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You keep expecting to see fireworks and all you see is ennui....
9 December 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Swimming Pool" is not a bad movie nor is it a very good one. Instead, it starts with a reasonably interesting premise and infuses it with almost zero energy and passion. The end result is like a diet of tap water and bread--not especially satisfying.

The film starts off horribly. There is a really, really annoying opening song--one of the worst I've heard in fact. Fortunately, the film does get better--it couldn't get any worse! Alain Delon and Romy Schneider are a couple enjoying their time together on vacation. They mostly just lounge around the pool and make love--and considering how beautiful this couple is, I am sure many folks didn't mind this slow portion of the film. It certainly was very sexy.

An old lover of Schneider's shows up uninvited (Maurice Ronet) and brings his 18 year-old daughter (Jane Birkin). Instead of maintaining their passion, however, Schneider begins drifting towards her old lover and Delon just looks very bored. Later, Delon begins paying a lot of attention to the 18 year-old--though exactly how deep this relationship goes, you never know. What you do know, though, is that both Delon and Schneider begin to take the other for granted and their relationship suffers badly.

While this sounds like there would be a lot of excitement, there isn't--and it's all very strangely muted. Instead of anger, they mostly seemed filled with ennui and self-absorption--making the film very tough to enjoy. Only towards the end are there any--and by then it just seemed too late, as my attention had long since vanished--and it's a shame, as the ending was pretty interesting (at least compared to the rest of the film). Had there been more fireworks along the way and some performances seeming more like normal human reactions, then the film could have been a lot more interesting. Slow and tough to love.


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