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Against the Current (2009)

R  |   |  Drama  |  18 January 2009 (USA)
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Struggling with a tragic past, a man with an urgent calling enlists two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Paul Thompson
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Katie
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Amy Thompson
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Jeff Kane
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Sarah Kane
Martin Shakar ...
Boatyard Owner
Avery Glymph ...
Fisherman #1
Chad Brigockas ...
Fisherman #2
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Dock Man #1
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Dock Man #2
Douglas Odell ...
Dock Man #3
Seth Kanor ...
Officer Lefurgy
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Liz' Mom
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Aunt Karen
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Struggling with a tragic past, a man with an urgent calling enlists two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River.

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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18 January 2009 (USA)  »

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A contracorriente  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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The title of the film could be seen as a misnomer, since Paul Thompson (Joseph Fiennes) is swimming with the current, downstream, and not against the current, or upstream, but below Albany NY, where most if not all of the film takes place, the Hudson river is a tidal estuary, and flows both ways with the tide. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Kane: We are looking to buy a boat.
Boatyard Owner: You sure can't have one for free... Ha-ha-ha
[laughter, slowing turning into hysterical cough; also declining any help offer with a hand-sign. All shocked, cough lasts for about 20-25 seconds, and at the end, he spits out, saying:]
Boatyard Owner: What kinda boat?
Jeff Kane: [totally confused] What?
Boatyard Owner: What kind of boat you're looking for?
Jeff Kane: Oh... aah... smallest one you got...
Boatyard Owner: Like a canoe?
[laughing, accompanied with small, scary cough]
Paul Thompson: A motor-boat... with a weak motor...
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Grace Cathedral Park
Performed by Red House Painters
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A warm film that premiered at Sundance
24 February 2009 | by (Kew Gardens, NY) – See all my reviews

This under-the-radar film about a guy who swims a good length of the Hudson River in NY State down to NYC, is one of those warm indie films that deftly balances drama with some humor. No surprise that it snagged actors like Joseph Fiennes, Elizabeth Reaser (adding another fine performance to her growing career since her debut in the great "SWEET LAND"), Justin Kirk, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Mary Tyler Moore in a notable supporting role.

The reason behind his swim I won't divulge here, but it makes for some powerful moments. As he swims, his 2 friends go along with him in a guide boat, and they come to shore for breaks, which leads to some great moments in the film. It's not all on the water. But when it is, it's riveting. As a viewer, I felt like I was swimming right there with him at times.

And the swimming scenes show off the wonderful Hudson Valley, and Joseph Fiennes looks like he really...um...took the plunge. That's really him in the water. Kudos to the filmmakers who must've been on the river an awful lot. (And to the camera people!) Hopefully this film finds its audience in other film festivals and in a future release.


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