Gentle, tranquil film, filmed in cinema style, showing life for English people relaxing by the water away from all the stresses of modern life.

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Gentle, tranquil film, filmed in cinema style, showing life for English people relaxing by the water away from all the stresses of modern life.

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6 December 1995 (UK)  »

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The true golden age
1 April 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Even though it's only ten years old, this TV documentary comes from a lost age. No company would invest the money and the trust in making a film of this sort today, and I doubt if any TV station would broadcast it. It's a leisurely, informative, beautiful reality programme that doesn't depend on people being voted out, or sticking their heads into buckets of slime, or having their houses made over. There's an interviewer who asks sensible questions, and all the wonderfully complex people that are being filmed answer these questions spontaneously in their own words and as they please. Nowadays, before filming began, the person being filmed would be rehearsed in what they were about to say. Oh what we have lost in just ten years! It's unlikely that you'll ever get the chance to see this film, but take that chance if it ever comes your way.

I suppose I have to say something about the subject. People of all shapes and sizes, ages and colours, and from all walks of life relax at an outdoor swimming pool in London. It's an amazing slice of life.


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