Middle-aged cocksureness, arrogance and incomprehension versus teenage revolt, with a young woman as a sort of arbiter, is the theme of this lively and inventive little pic.
A couple driving along a deserted road to the sea almost run over a young man. The driver is a self-absorbed husband, the woman his pretty, irritated young wife, and the hitchhiker a teenager.
The husband, out of sheer patronizing good will, invites him to come sailing on their boat. Pic is then concerned with the boat ride and the subtle battle of personalities between the men and the wife’s amused onlooking.
For a first pic, director Roman Polanski shows a flair for simple character revelation and wit. He sometimes overindulges, and charges the affair with gratuitous bits, but manages to keep up interest. Its social side is soft-pedaled.