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Sync or Swim (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | January 2008 (USA)
Following the journey of a group of young women as they compete for spots on the 2004 U.S. synchronized swimming team and train relentlessly to win an Olympic medal, Sync or Swim offers a ... See full summary »

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Following the journey of a group of young women as they compete for spots on the 2004 U.S. synchronized swimming team and train relentlessly to win an Olympic medal, Sync or Swim offers a uniquely intimate look at a mocked and misunderstood sport that combines artistic and athletic expression. The film also examines the media storm that threatens the team's Olympic dreams when one of its members suffers devastating injuries and faces manslaughter charges as a result of a tragic car accident. Juxtaposing scenes that are intense and emotional, uplifting and mesmerizing, quirky and entertaining, Sync or Swim is the first-ever behind the scenes documentary about the making of the U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team. Written by Anonymous

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Funny and insteresting
10 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

I started off a little sceptical but this film drew me in and I couldn't help but root these men on as they attempted to work together to produce something worth watching. The different men focusses on provided at range of different personalitites and life situation.

Early on, one of the men describes synchronised swimming as being like being in a rock band and by the end of the film I could see what he meant. They work together, in close physical quarters, often arguing along the way, to achieve their creative vision.

The structure of the documentary, gearing up towards a big competition, is tried and tested, but it really works and the result is revealed a little differently to what you often see.

Incidentally, there is a fantastic line from one of the swimmers that I won't spoil in response to a stupid comment from an interviewer about how synchronised swimming is "for homosexuals".

I would love to know if the team is still going.


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