A visual and delicately poetic story about the relationship between a swimmer and water. A young competitive swimmer meets the world's fastest woman swimmer in her dreams and races her.


P.V. Lehtinen


P.V. Lehtinen
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Cast overview:
Sirja Luomaniemi Sirja Luomaniemi ... Herself
Therese Alshammar Therese Alshammar ... Herself
Elena Leeve Elena Leeve ... Sirja Luomaniemi's voice (voice)
Sanna Nisonen Sanna Nisonen ... Simmiksen uimari
Päivi Piirala Päivi Piirala ... Simmiksen uimari
Mari Survonen Mari Survonen ... Simmiksen uimari
Ulla Tuomainen Ulla Tuomainen ... Simmiksen uimari
Anssi Wasenius Anssi Wasenius ... Simmiksen uimari
Antti Kauhanen Antti Kauhanen ... Sirjan uintivalmentaja
Thomas Lindholm Thomas Lindholm ... Sirjan uintivalmentaja
Jessica Pajula Jessica Pajula ... Pikkutyttö
Vesa-Petteri Asikainen Vesa-Petteri Asikainen ... Klovni
Mikko Kallinen Mikko Kallinen ... Klovni


Krooli (The Crawl) is set almost entirely in or by the water. It uses images to explore the significance of water in the philosophy of swimming. It is not a biographical documentary of a swimmer, although the main characters are real competitive swimmers. Even though the film explores the profound meaning of the interface between a swimmer and the water, it is just as much a story of the meaning of a sport to an individual, a young competing athlete. It speaks of devotion and a search for ones own place in sports and life. Written by the director

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Plot Keywords:

water | swimming | sea | See All (3) »


Swimming feels like being on an eternal journey - never arriving.






Finnish | English

Release Date:

29 October 2004 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Krooli 53,77 See more »

Filming Locations:

Inkoo, Finland See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is the diploma work of 'PV Lehtinen' in directing, Pasi Pauni in cinematography and Pelle Venetjoki in sound design at the School of motion picture, television and production design/University of Art and Design Helsinki. See more »

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