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Sink or Swim (2018)

Le grand bain (original title)
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A depressed man joins a synchronized swimming team made up of middle aged men.

Director:

Gilles Lellouche

Writers:

Ahmed Hamidi (screenplay), Julien Lambroschini (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathieu Amalric ... Bertrand
Guillaume Canet ... Laurent
Benoît Poelvoorde ... Marcus
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Simon
Virginie Efira ... Delphine
Leïla Bekhti ... Amanda
Marina Foïs ... Claire
Philippe Katerine Philippe Katerine ... Thierry
Félix Moati Félix Moati ... John
Alban Ivanov Alban Ivanov ... Basile
Balasingham Thamilchelvan Balasingham Thamilchelvan ... Avanish
Jonathan Zaccaï ... Thibault
Mélanie Doutey ... Clem
Noée Abita Noée Abita ... Lola
Claire Nadeau Claire Nadeau ... La mère de Laurent
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Storyline

It is in the corridors of their municipal swimming pool that Bertrand, Marcus, Simon, Laurent, Thierry and the others train under the relative authority of Delphine, former glory of the basins. Together, they feel free and helpful. They will put all their energy into a discipline previously owned by women: synchronized swimming. So, yes it's a weird idea, but this challenge will allow them to find meaning in their lives...

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Belgium | France

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French | English | Norwegian | Sinhalese

Release Date:

27 September 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nadando por un sueño See more »

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$39,144,758
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2.39 : 1
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The shots of the Grand Bath take place over fourteen weeks in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and in Île-de-France. Filming begins on February 8, 2017 in the Paris region, including, in April, some shots are taken at the Raincy pool and the parking Franprix warehouse Chennevières sur Marne, and in late April, the scenes of the film are shot in several communes of the south of the Aisne, namely Grand-Rozoy, Parcy-Tigny and Château-Thierry. Subsequently, the film crew travels to Isère in Grenoble and its agglomeration, whose scenes are filmed at the Leclerc shopping center in Echirolles, at the Champ-sur-Drac gymnasium, at the Grenoble campus and in a high school in Paris. agglomeration of Grenoble. Lans-en-Vercors is part of Iséroises filming communities in March 2017. See more »

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THE POOL MONTY
27 February 2019 | by js-66130See all my reviews

Mid-life crisis misfits saddled with various issues, strap on speedos to rock the world of, a-hem, synchronized swimming!

Ah, the French.

Overflowing with big name Franco actors, "Sink or Swim" is a box office sensation overseas, and has Cannes and Caesars nods to boot. Tis a land after all, which confuses Jerry Lewis with Orson Welles.

Yes the acting is fine, and there are enough bits and pieces of cinematic charm, but much of this film is way too syrupy, easily predictable, if not down right frustrating. The backstories are too many - some are hambone ridiculous, others are dramatically cold - and most are not flushed out properly.

The inevitable transition from frogs to princes is hardly believable, and frankly, anticlimactic. You know there's a feel goody, splashy ending coming, which kinda defeats the purpose of spending a couple of hours with these flabby gents, and proves to be quite the shallow end.


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