Samir, a forty-odd crane operator in the Paris region, falls in love at first sight with Agathe, a young woman while she gets rid of a jerk trying to pick her up. Learning that she is a swimming instructor at the the Maurice Thorez swimming pool, he decides to approach her under the pretense of taking swimming lessons under her guidance. His first steps are successful and they are on the verge of giving themselves to each other when an incident happens, revealing that not only is he a good swimmer but an expert diver as well. His deception is then exposed and as Agathe hates lies and liars, reconquering her will not be a pleasure cruise.Written by
Not pretentious for a penny, this feel good movie favours a simple story, divided in 2 main parts, one in France, one in Iceland.
It indeed strongly relates to Solveig Anspach 'home' countries, being born in Iceland but living in France her adult and professional life. This being her last movie, she died of cancer a few months after the shooting.
Even with a low budget, we can feel the magic that generally emerges from her movies.
A charming story, almost poetic. Nice acting. The scenes in the water and the sensuality they pulls out are really good.
Yes, there are weak parts and the movie cannot pretend to great but it entertains you well enough, and in a smart way, far from the "ready-to-consume" products we can find everywhere.
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