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The Swimmer
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Child Swimmer
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Boy
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Boy
Adam Holden ...
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Kit Johnson ...
Boy
Charlie Likeman ...
Child Swimmer
Caleb Powel Lindon-Emms ...
Boy
Gabriel Ronnie Lindon-Emms ...
Boy
Joshua John Lindon-Emms ...
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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 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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Swimming is dull.
26 June 2012 | by (London, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Seen as part of the London 2012 Festival programme of four short films, together with Max and Dania's What If?, Asif Kapadia's The Odyssey and Mike Leigh's A Running Jump.

Marvel as a swimmer's arm breaks the water, sending out a cascade of shiny droplets. Watch the reed-beds drift by in artful black and white. Hear fragments from British films of years long gone by. Lynne's Ramsay's film is one of those shorts which just isn't short enough. With no discernible narrative and far too much lingering on the play of light on water, The Swimmer is a reminder that however dull going for a swim at your local pool may be, sometimes doing lengths can still be a more interesting way to spend time than being sat in a cinema.

If this had been a 5 minute loop in a room at the Tate Modern, the visuals would have been enough to justify its existence. Stretched to a half hour film, the best I can say is it offers an opportunity to snooze in between the other three far more interesting films it's showing with.


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