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Swimmer (2012)

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A young man swims across the rivers and lakes of Britain to a soundtrack of assorted nationalistic music. As he passes people on the banksides including children,lovers and a tramp their ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Tom Litten ...
The Swimmer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Niall Burton ...
Child Swimmer
Curtis Coker ...
Child Swimmer
Joshua Coleman ...
Tony Heirs ...
Child Swimmer
Samuel Harry Hockday ...
Adam Holden ...
Kit Johnson ...
Charlie Likeman ...
Child Swimmer
Caleb Powel Lindon-Emms ...
Gabriel Ronnie Lindon-Emms ...
Joshua John Lindon-Emms ...
Carolina Main ...
Girl on Bridge
Jasper Martin ...
Sophie McKeeman ...
Young Lover - Her


A young man swims across the rivers and lakes of Britain to a soundtrack of assorted nationalistic music. As he passes people on the banksides including children,lovers and a tramp their thoughts and conversations are also heard. Ultimately,after walking through a wood at night,the boy returns to the water and appears to sink below the surface. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Theme from Lord Of The Flies
Composed by Raymond Leppard
Courtesy of Frank Music Corp. A Division of MPL Music Publishing, Inc (ASCAP) and Janus Films
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Haunting imagery, visual poetry...
29 July 2012 | by (Letchworth, England) – See all my reviews

Very arty, yes, but somehow captures the imagination - not least to wonder what its trying to say. The use of snippets of music and dialogue from a number of British films of the past 50 or so years - from the Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Lord of the Flies, and Walkabout and even perhaps Master and Commander ("Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis") sets up that slightly disturbing feeling of vague recognition and hunting around in the memory.

When coupled with the images it creates a dream-like state, with hints of things half-seen, half-heard and half-remembered. A dream that goes from calm to nightmare to arrival and awakening?

Others may be another interpretation entirely.

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