The swimming pool

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German title The swimming pool
Original title La Piscine
Country of production France / Italy
original language French
Publishing year 1969
length 110 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Jacques Deray
script Jean-Claude Carrière , Jean-Emmanuel Conil
music Michel Legrand
camera Jean-Jacques Tarbès
cut Paul Cayatte

The swimming pool (original title: La Piscine) is a film by Jacques Deray . It ran on January 31, 1969 in French and on March 8, 1970 in German cinemas.


The couple Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their summer vacation in Saint-Tropez in a wonderful house with a large pool. Suddenly Jean-Paul's old friend Harry appears. Marianne was Harry's lover four years ago before she met and fell in love with Jean-Paul. Harry brings his 18-year-old, attractive daughter Pénélope, whom neither Marianne nor Jean-Paul knew anything about before.

Marianne spontaneously invites the newcomers to go on vacation with them in the big house. They are happy to respond. At first, there are harmless erotic attractions and innuendos between the people, but these gradually increase and become more serious, before they finally culminate in a nocturnal argument between the two rival men. In the course of the argument, Jean-Paul drowns the heavily drunk Harry in the swimming pool by repeatedly pushing his head under water. Jean-Paul hides Harry's wet clothes and spontaneously arranges the whole thing as if it had been a swimming accident.

The police must also initially assume an accident, but then Inspector Lévêque shows up to investigate further. He's taken from the files that Harry went swimming without taking off his expensive watch. He finds out that Harry was a good swimmer, and that the - arranged - clothes on the edge of the pool were freshly cleaned instead of soiled from the day. From these things he deduces that Harry may have been pushed into the water and drowned.

Marianne suspects that her boyfriend is the murderer, but hides it from the inspector. She confronts Jean-Paul, who then confesses his crime to her. Inspector Lévêque is forced to close the investigation for lack of evidence. Pénélope flies to her mother in Switzerland. Jean-Paul and Marianne also want to leave, but Marianne refuses to get into the car with Jean-Paul. She tries to call a taxi to take her to the train station. But Jean-Paul interrupts the call. At the end both of them stand behind a window in the villa, Jean-Paul holds Marianne in his arms.


"Unimportant colossal story with chic furnishings that is tailored to the two stars."

“Of course, even this sad turn of a psychological hiccup between two film characters (successful Maserati driver versus failed writer) cannot tear the viewer away from the tenaciously gnawing boredom, especially since Jane Birkin is the second woman on board or at the swimming pool , not able to arouse particular interest. High-Life-Schnulze, if necessary from 18. "

"The film draws its erotic tension not least from the fact that Alain Delon and Romy Schneider were a couple until 1964 and were filming together for the first time."


"In spite of the somewhat popular story, this role was the start of her world career for Romy Schneider."


The film was shot in Ramatuelle and Saint-Tropez. The shooting served as an alibi for Delon in the Marković affair .

A Bigger Splash by Luca Guadagnino with Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes in the leading roles was released in 2016, and the character constellation refers to the film by Jacques Deray.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for the swimming pool . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , November 2010 (PDF; test number: 41 886 V).
  2. The swimming pool. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed October 15, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. Evangelical Press Association Munich, Review No. 195/1970.
  4. ^ ARTE : Program information ( memento of March 21, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) on May 19, 2013, last accessed on November 9, 2015.
  5. Prism : United in Passion - Romy Schneider and Alain Delon , last accessed on November 9, 2015.