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La Piscine

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
Four characters. A Mediterranean villa. Sun, sex and… suspicion. The ingredients are fairly simple in this welcome reissue for a star-powered psychological thriller which has remained underexposed on these shores. Perhaps director Jacques Deray’s journeyman reputation has been the stumbling block, for this is a deliciously languid, slinkily unsettling affair. Romy Schneider is all feline elegance and sphinx-like intelligence as the girlfriend of brooding wastrel Alain Delon. Their erotically charged St Tropez sojourn is interrupted by the arrival of flamboyantly smug Maurice Ronet with teenage jail-bait daughter Jane Birkin in tow. Little is said, but past indiscretions hang in the air. The ’60s trappings and jazz-meets-psychedelia score are treasure enough in themselves, but it’s Deray’s beady concentration on the pointed silences and angled looks which really turn the screw. Bourgeois-scum Claude Chabrol territory, essentially, but done with a more commercial eye for showing off Schneider and Delon’s bronzed curves.
Written by Trevor Johnston

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 30 September 2011
  • Duration:120 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Jacques Deray
  • Screenwriter:Jean-Emmanuel Conil, Jean-Claude Carrière, Jacques Deray
  • Cast:
    • Alain Delon
    • Romy Schneider
    • Maurice Ronet
    • Jane Birkin
    • Paul Crauchet
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