Sunday, June 10, 2012
a film for summer: La Piscine
The film takes place in the hills above St. Tropez, at an idyllic villa with a gorgeous swimming pool. A couple, Marianne (Romy Schneider) and Jean-Paul (Alain Delon), are vacationing there when the woman's former lover and his 18-year-old daughter (Jane Birkin) show up unexpectedly for a few days. Alcohol consumption and sexual tension reach a fever pitch, eventually leading to a murder.
There isn't necessarily a ton of action in this movie, but the visuals are stunning. The characters are all tan and handsome, and Marianne's character has this enviable, early 70's French prep thing going on that I'm totally obsessed with. Jane Birkin counters her sleek look with a younger, more bohemian and languid style. Everyone is pretty much just lazing around in swimsuits and cover-ups through the entire thing; it's fantastic and wildly sexy.
I highly recommend this one.
The opening scene; Marianne and Jean-Paul by the pool.
Speaking of white swimsuits...
Jane Birkin as Penelope, and Jean Paul...