The Swimming Pool

Synopsis: Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa near St.-Tropez. The main feature of the villa is a swimming pool, stage for most of the action. After a visit Marianne invites former lover Harry and his teenage daughter Penelope to stay. Tension between the grown-ups rises especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope. The consequences are deadly.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jacques Deray
Production: SNC
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min

The Swimming Pool


Scratch my back.

Oh! Noone scratches like you.

- You just stay. I go get it.

- Let it ring...

- Wait here, I'll be back.

- Yes. I'm going.

- You stay.

- You stay.

- Let me go!

- That was nasty.

- Bastard.

Why, are you expecting a call

from someone?


Madame, phone call for you.

- Who is it?

- I don't know.

Well, you should have asked.

I'm coming.

Hello... Yes... Who?

No!... Is that you? Where are you?

I haven't heard of you for ages.



How long are you staying?

Come and visit us.

All right. By the road along the beach.

OK. Bye.

Who was that?

Do I ever ask you

when you talk to someone?

If you did, I'd answer.


I don't care.

It was Harry.

- Is he around?

- Yes.

Whenever we escape somewhere,

he is the first to call...

He's with his daughter.

He's showing her the Cote d'Azur.

He has a daughter?

- Seems so.

- He never mentioned.

Neither to me.

- How old is she?

- No idea.

Harry's daughter!

That's something.

Hello, sweetie.

Give me a kiss.

- How are you? You look great.

- I feel great. You look fine, too.

People keep saying:

good old Harry never changes.

Never gets better, never gets worse.

Always the same.

Is this your latest monster?


I drove from Paris to St. Tropez

in 7 hours the day before yesterday.

You like it?

Oh, I don't know.

Good afternoon.

She is my daughter, Penelope.

She's Marianne, I was

telling you about her.

Say hello.

- Hello.

- Hello.


I am so happy to see you.

- You look great, too.

- You, too.

Have a look around.

I bring something to drink.

Believe it or not,

she is my daughter.

You can keep a secret.

- Hello, Penelope.

- Hello.


We were in the area.

I met Fred.

He said you were here.

I didn't know.

You were not at home.

- You were in Canada.

- True.

This is beautiful.

This is the best thing in the cottage.

Nice big pool.

You like it?

Here you are. What do you drink?

- A scotch.

- All right.

Orange juice?

I have to be in Milan on the 17th.

We travel around until then.

Pen doesn't know the area,

so I show her around.

Can I take one?

Why don't you come with us to Milan?

We like it here.

Jean-Paul has only a month

of vacation.

Poor Jean-Paul...

- So this is Marc's and Lucien's house?

- You haven't been here yet?

Where did they go this year?

India? Iran?



They offered us to use it,

so we took the opportunity.

- Not bad...

- You could stay.

- Here?

- There is plenty of room.

- What do you think?

- I don't mind staying.

No, you decide, yes or no.

- I don't mind.

- She doesn't mind.

- We take it as a yes. You stay.

- All right.

Wanna take a swim?

Good idea. I go get changed.

Go to the room on the ground floor.

It has a private entrance.

- You don't want to swim?

- No.

- And you don't drink anything?

- No, thanks. I am not thirsty.

- You live with your mother?

- Yes. In Lausanne.

Are you still in school?

- Yes. Can I have a cigarette?

- Yes.

- Thank you.

You remind me of your father.


I don't know.

Come, Penelope.

I show you around in the house.

- How old are you?

Are you having a good time?

Doesn't it look like that?

When I'm with you,

I always have a good time.

I don't want anything more.

Then why did you ask them to stay?

I thought you'd like it.

He is your friend.

Much more than mine.

But you and Harry are said to...

Who said that?

Quite a few people.

You get on my nerves.

Don't let your hair down.

Turn around.

Turn around.

I love you... I love you.

Don't talk.

What are you thinking of?

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Jean-Claude Carrière

Jean-Claude Carrière (French: [ka.ʁjɛʁ]; born 17 September 1931) is a French novelist, screenwriter, actor, and Academy Award honoree. He was an alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud and was president of La Fémis, the French state film school. Carrière was a frequent collaborator with Luis Buñuel on the screenplays of Buñuel's late French films. more…

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