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La piscine

Alain Delon lying poolside in Saint Tropez

Caught this incredibly attractive movie again last night.

Come this time of year I can finally rest a bit and enjoy some leisure time. Being mainly a draught excluders maker means that, come April, my busiest months of the year are behind me and I can turn my attention to refreshing my catalogue and taking a moment to breathe.

Movies and art are always a great source of inspiration, especially when they are aesthetically immaculate - La Piscine is one such movie.

Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet and a young Jane Birkin star in this French thriller set on the lush hills above Saint Tropez, precisely in Ramatuelle.

Jane Birkin in a red car and Romy Schneider looking at each other.

Alain Delon and Jane Birkin on the set of La piscine

The villa where the film is set is full of mid century inspiration. The furniture, the art on the walls, the clothing, everything is super stylish in that French Je ne sais quoi sort of way.

The film was directed by Jacques Derain in 1969. This is before bodies were sculpted and lips and cheekbones were artificially plumped. You were either beautiful or you weren't; looks homologation stopped at make up, haircuts and fashion. But when it came to it, you just had to work with what you had.

Cruel I know.

Alain Delon and Maurice Ronet in La Piscine