Sink or Swim18th July, 2019
Actor-turned-director Gilles Lellouche has pulled off a box office coup in France with his directorial debut, Sink or Swim – with almost four million ticket sales – as well as a standing ovation at the film’s premiere at Cannes, and a box-office smash at the 2019 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival!
The film follows a disparate group of 40-somethings – all in the throes of mid-life crises – form a localswimming pool’s inaugural, males-only synchronised swimming team. Staring down ongoing ridicule and contempt from all angles, they engage a fallen champion, Delphine (Virginie Efira) as their coach, supported by her tough-as-nails former swim partner, Amanda (Leïla Bekhti). Unwittingly, the team members embark on an unlikely journey of redemption that sees each one of them rebuild some sense of their self-worth.
Despite thematic comparisons to 1997’s hugely successful British comedy, The Full Monty, Sink or Swim is an unashamedly French take on the challenges of 21st century masculinity. Stripped bare, this film embodies a good old-fashioned underdog-overcoming-the-oddstale told to perfection.