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Sink or Swim (Le Grand Bain) - Film Review

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by Felicity (subscribe)
A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
Published July 20th 2019
Resynchronise your life
Sink or Swim, French Films, Comedy, Palace Cinemas
Sink or Swim


Need inspiration? Long to see a film that makes your heart rise and soul smile as deeply as the first time you watched Cool Runnings? If so, Sink or Swim is your perfect movie match. There are heaps of good offerings in competition for attention at Palace Cinemas currently. This, however, is the only film that has an irresistible sense of light and heart. Penultimately French quirk is coupled with deep philosophical issues about the meaning of life. See it for self-therapy. For the price of a theatre ticket, you can recapture the passion for life.

Premise
An unlikely bunch of middle-aged characters are all at a crisis point in their lives. Varied issues and experiences have battered this odd jumble of personalities to the point of no return. Sapped of all strength to go on, they are united by one chord of interest in the men's synchronised swimming team at the local pool. Synchrony is what they are lacking in their life as is set up in the opening voice-over, mentioning the undeniable proofs that you cannot fit a square peg in a round hole. All of these men have missed the beat of their lives. It is up to Delphine, the class teacher to retune these rusty instruments. It may be a bumpy ride but full of heartfelt wit and warmth. As the men train, the negative weight of the burdens in their life is leeched out of their skin and washed away into the water. The pool provides them with a gravity-free environment to explore their true potential. Their lives may be drab and colourless but in the pool, they find the release and support to wake up their inner champion.

Why Watch
Watch this film and join the standing ovation that it produced in Cannes. There were gentle echoes of those cheers and claps in the Saturday night session I saw. This film's popularity is testified to by the fact that it has been brought back into the line up beyond its initial festival showing. Director Gille Lellouche, also an actor, brings the characters straight into your hearts. This film made me so inspired I ran all the way home. You'll definitely leave it determined to go in training. The characters show everyone that all dreams are possible once you discover what they are. Just be on the lookout as they might be the most unlikely thing you could ever imagine.
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