Sink or Swim

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France | 2018 | 122 minutes | Gilles Lellouche

Mathieu Amalric (The Grand Budapest Hotel) heads an all-star French cast as a man who, suffering from a mid-life crisis, puts together his local pool’s first all-male synchronized swimming team.

After being out of work for two years, Bertrand (Mathieu Amalric) is a middle-aged schlub who feels defeated by the world, popping antidepressants like candy and playing video games all day. While shuffling past the community pool, he happens to notice a tryout sheet for an amateur men's synchronized swim team. He signs up on a whim, eventually meeting an ensemble of other adrift men similarly treading water in their mid-life crises. They also happen to be played by a who's-who of French-speaking acting talent, including Laurent (Guillaume Canet), a divorcee with anger issues; Simon (Jean-Hugues Anglade), who can't let his heavy-metal rock-star dreams die; Marcus (Benoit Poelvoorde), a washed-up pool salesman; and Thierry (Philippe Katerine), a meek custodian. Before you can say The Full Monty, they are signed up by their equally depressed coach, Delphine (Virginie Efira)—a former women's synch-swimming champ at the tail end of her career—and off come the shirts, out come the dad-bods in Speedos, and let the awkward Gallic-rock sports montages begin! Directed by veteran actor Gilles Lellouche (Little White Lies), Sink or Swim is a charming crowd-pleaser that will make you cheer as this tres mediocre ensemble learns how to work together as a single unit to spark joy in their lives once more.

Director Biography
Best known for his career as a French actor, Gilles Lellouche wrote and directed short films before co-writing and co-directing The Secret Adventures of Gustave Klopp (2004). Sink Or Swim (2018), featuring Mathieu Amalric at the head of an all-star cast, is Lellouche's solo directorial debut and was presented at the Cannes Film Festival.

Sponsored by Alliance Française de Seattle, French American School of Puget Sound, Seattle - Nantes Sister City Association

  • Original Language Title: Le Grand Bain
  • Director: Gilles Lellouche
  • Principal Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Benoit Poelvoorde, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Virginie Efira, Leila Bekhti, Marina Fois
  • Country: France, Belgium
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 122 minutes
  • Producer: Alain Attal, Hugo Selignac
  • Screenplay: Ahmed Hamidi, Julien Lambroschini, Gilles Lellouche
  • Cinematographers: Laurent Tangy
  • Editors: Simon Jacquet
  • Music: Jon Brion
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Narco (2004)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: levelFILM
  • International Sales: Studiocanal