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Sink or Swim – 4PM
December 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:02 pm
Sink or Swim (Le Grand Bain)
Wednesday, December 5 – 4pm, 7pm
Thursday, December 6 – 4pm, 7pm
Location: Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop St. W., Barrie
Co-written and Directed by: Gilles Lellouche
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Virginie Efira
Drama/Comedy, Not Rated, 122 minutes, Language: French with English subtitles (France)
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“A surefooted crowdpleaser with enough warmth and the committed talents of a stellar ensemble cast to fend off any sense of predictability.” – Allan Hunter, Screen International
Directed by Gilles Lellouche and starring some of France’s best male actors (Guillaume Canet, Mathieu Amalric and Jean-Hugues Anglade) wearing Speedos, Sink or Swim is pure feel-good entertainment.
A group of depressed middle-aged men address their collective midlife crisis when they learn of the existence of a team of male synchronised swimmers at their local pool. Amateurs are welcome, which is just as well given that the rum bunch of current members are neither very synchronised nor especially professional.
Braving the skepticism and ridicule of those around them, and trained by fallen champion Delphine (Virginie Efira), the group sets out on an unlikely adventure. They get to know each other in depth, exposing their flaws in the privacy of the changing rooms or in the bar after training in the pool, before setting themselves an overambitious objective: representing France in the world championships in Norway. On the way they rediscover a little self-esteem and a lot about themselves and each other.
Won – Mel Hoppenheim Audience Award, CINEMANIA Film Festival, 2018
Nominated – Best Film, Prix Louis Delluc, 2018