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The Swimming Pool

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Famous in its day for reuniting real-life former lovers Alain Delon and Romy Schneider on-screen, this forgotten 1968 psychological thriller by Jacques Deray deserves to be rediscovered for its darkly sensual story. Delon plays Jean-Paul, an out-of-work writer shacked up with Marianne (Schneider) at her pastoral villa on the sunlit Riviera. Seemingly blissfully in love, they never stray far from poolside, but their idyll is disrupted by the arrival of Jean-Paul's old friend Harry (Maurice Ronet) and his comely 18-year-old daughter Penelope (Jane Birkin). After Harry brings up his past romance with Marianne, Jean-Paul begins flirting with Penelope, initiating a dangerous and escalating rondo of psychosexual games. In French with subtitles. 85 min. Facets Cinematheque.

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