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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 »
5 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Face your fears and dive in.

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Trivia

A competing film, Swimming with Men (2018), was released in the summer of 2018 in England. Like Le Grand Bain, this feature film is inspired by the same true story of a Swedish club. See more »

Goofs

Right after the counting sequence ("1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8"), Amanda's lips in the long shot do not match her yelling. See more »

Connections

Features Bathing Beauty (1944) See more »

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Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Written by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley and Chris Hughes
Performed by Tears for Fears
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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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Belgium | France

Language:

French | English | Sinhalese | Norwegian

Release Date:

27 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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$39,193,850
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