Swimming with Men


Sequoia 2 Tue, Oct 9, 2018 6:15 PM
Rafael 1 Wed, Oct 10, 2018 2:45 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:96 min.
Director:Oliver Parker
Producer:Stewart Le Marechal
Anna Mohr-Pietsch
Maggie Monteith
Screenwriter:Aschlin Ditta
Cinematographer:David Raedeker
Editor:Liana Del Giudice
Cast:Rob Brydon
Rupert Graves
Jane Horrocks
Daniel Mays
Thomas Turgoose
Print Source:IFC Films
Note Writer:Jeff Campbell


In the irreverent spirit of The Full Monty, Swimming with Men follows a gang of hard-luck misfits who form a men’s synchronized swimming team and then seek redemption the only way they know how: by courting humiliation and competing in the world championships. In truth, the competition is irrelevant, as the film truly celebrates the enduring salve of male companionship in the face of aging, loneliness, failure, death, midlife crisis, and existential ennui. And its central pleasure is watching its bevy of beloved British character actors have a hilarious time bickering, melting down, and ultimately caring for one another while flapping, vanity-free, in the pool. Evocative underwater photography and some genuinely impressive swimming add to the delight as Rob Brydon (The Trip), Daniel Mays (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Rupert Graves (Sherlock), Jane Horrocks (Absolutely Fabulous), and more don their trunks and goggles, making like pudgy mermaids as they learn to swim together.

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Oliver Parker was born on September 6, 1960 in London, England. He is an actor and director, known for An Ideal Husband (1999), Dorian Gray (2009), and Nightbreed (1990).