Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa on the French Riviera near St-Tropez. Marianne invites her former lover, Harry, and his teenage daughter to stay. Tension rises between them, especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope.
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
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Leisurely yes but packed with an undercurrent of fierce and troubling
action. I first watched this in a rather poor English dub and then
again in German without subtitles and it was striking the second time
how noticeable are the various glances, grimaces and come ons. Supposed
old friend of Delon's character and ex lover of Rome Schneider turns up
at an idyllic Riviera villa being rented by the couple and brings his
supposed daughter, Jane Birkin. I think Maurice Ronet is somewhat
lacking and barely believable as a man about town and certainly not as
a daddy. Anyway it is beautifully shot in wonderful setting in and
about the eponymous 'swimming pool' in which quite a lot happens, from
the sexually charged encounters at the start to the more sombre goings
on later. Some fantastic costumes help Schneider and Birkin look
sensational throughout and the former young lady doesn't look at all
bad naked either, especially when she is sampling an altogether
different brushstroke with a branch of a nearby tree.
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