By Per Hagman
It’s a story about Johan, a young Swedish man in his 20s, who for some reason has settled down in Nice. It’s a place for retired millionaires and movie stars who have passed their expiration date. He moves in with the old actress Celeste, who lives with her husband in a luxurious villa outside of town. Parallelly Johan is reminiscing his first big love in the Swedish small town where he grew up.
Per Hagman gives a tender portrayal of an eccentric set of characters who are all fighting their inner demons and the Big Blue. Hagman brings up themes such as desire, love and submission. A Bonjour Tristesse of the 90s, written in an effortlessly flawless style.
In 2020 Pool was adapted into a movie starring the award-winning actress Natacha Guyon.