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La Piscine

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Debauched times by this St Tropez poolside...

La Piscine review

Shades of vintage Chabrol in this digitally restored version of director Jacques Deray’s 1969 psychodrama, set almost entirely in and around the pool of a St Tropez villa.

Holidaying couple Jean-Paul (Alain Delon) and Marianne (Romy Schneider) are unexpectedly visited by one of the latter’s old flames, Harry (Maurice Ronet), and his 18-year-old daughter (Jane Birkin), triggering Jean-Paul’s murderous jealousy.

An intriguing forerunner to François Ozon’s Swimming Pool, it’s languidly paced and elegantly lensed, though its prize asset is Delon/ Schneider’s sexual sizzle.

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