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The Shiny Shrimps (2019)

Les crevettes pailletées (original title)
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Matthias Le Goff, an Olympic champion, makes a homophobic statement on TV. His punishment: coach the Shiny Shrimps, an amateur gay water-polo team. They have only one thing in mind: to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia.


Maxime Govare (co-director), Cédric Le Gallo (co-director)


Cédric Le Gallo (screenplay), Maxime Govare (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Gob ... Matthias Le Goff
Alban Lenoir ... Jean
Michaël Abiteboul Michaël Abiteboul ... Cédric
David Baïot David Baïot ... Alex
Romain Lancry Romain Lancry ... Damien
Roland Menou Roland Menou ... Joël
Geoffrey Couët Geoffrey Couët ... Xavier
Romain Brau Romain Brau ... Fred
Félix Martinez Félix Martinez ... Vincent
Maïa Quesemand Maïa Quesemand ... Victoire
Pierre Samuel Pierre Samuel ... Bertrand
Camille Thomas-Colombier Camille Thomas-Colombier ... Entraîneur Matthias
Jean-Louis Barcelona Jean-Louis Barcelona ... Hervé Langlois
Yvon Back ... Le Président de la Fédération Française de Natation
Anaïs Gilbert Anaïs Gilbert ... Elsa


Matthias Le Goff, an Olympic champion at the end of his career, makes a homophobic statement on TV. His punishment: coach the Shiny Shrimps, a flamboyant and amateur gay water-polo team. They have only one thing in mind: to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia where the hottest international LGBT athletes compete. It's the start of a bumpy and joyful ride - Faster, Higher, Stronger.

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Comedy | Drama | Sport


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Co director Le Gallo belongs to a real life gay water polo team, which was part of the inspiration for his film. See more »


Performed by Eddy de Pretto
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Almost Too Gay To Function
10 September 2019 | by martimusrossSee all my reviews

The Shiny Shrimps

At first glance this just appears a French fusion of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Swimming with Men. However it is neither, as the first was about harsh survival and the second a self-help group for broken men.

No other country except France produces such light touch comedy based on self-deprecation of ones own foibles and effortlessly mingles this with pathos and insight on the human condition. It is truly a French trait you see in many comedies from La Cage Aux Folles onwards.

This was very much a gay movies for a gay audience, the swimming club was presented as a place for self expression, meeting friends and having fun.

The whole movie was really all just froth and nonsense and had nothing to say of any gravitas. The acting good, the set pieces in the pool not so good. We had two thoughts expressed that were of interest

  • it is better to lose with the people you love than win alone.

  • a minority group retains the privilege of expressing itself with derogatory language against itself(in this case homophobic).

I had a really great night as it was very entertaining but it largely appeals to a very specific audience so it's definitely not for everyone.

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8 May 2019 (France) See more »

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