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The Swimming Pool
(La piscine)

Jacques Deray

Join us for a newly restored version of Jacques Deray’s breakthrough film, The Swimming Pool, which was the first in a series of glossy box office hits that situated Deray as one of the most successful French mainstream filmmakers throughout the 1970s.

"A tour de force of erotic languor turning into fear and horror..."

The Swimming Pool is a tour de force of erotic languor turning into fear and horror. Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul (Romy Schneider and Alain Delon) spend their vacation in a villa near St Tropez. When Marianne invites her former lover Harry (Maurice Ronet) and his teenage daughter Penelope (a young Jane Birkin) to stay, tension between the adults rises – especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope. In this game of sexual jealousy and possessiveness the consequences are deadly.