Sink or Swim
June 14, 2019
First Runner-Up, Best Film: Golden Space Needle Audience Award
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.
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.
- 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