Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski • 1970 • United Kingdom, Germany
Starring Jane Asher, John Moulder-Brown, Karl Michael Vogler
One of director Jerzy Skolimowski’s most striking achievements, this unsettling study of adolescent awakening plumbs the mysterious depths and strange undercurrents of teenage desire. Fumbling fifteen-year-old Mike (John Moulder-Brown) takes a job at a London swimming pool and bathhouse where he is inaugurated into a secret adult world of sexual exploration and dangerous discovery, all the while developing an increasingly unhealthy fixation with his flirtatious coworker Susan (Jane Asher). Shifting between dark comedy and tragic irony with slips into the surreal, Skolimowski sustains a mood of quietly mounting menace.