A group of 40-something guys, all on the verge of a mid-life crisis, decide to form their local pool’s first ever synchronized swimming team – for men. Braving the skepticism and ridicule of those around them, and trained by a fallen champion trying to pull herself together, the group set out an unlikely adventure, and on the way will rediscover a little self-esteem and a lot about themselves and each other.
Gilles Lellouche’s Le Grand Bain is a hilarious and touching tale about a group of people
finding purpose when all looks to be lost. The balance of humour, drama, and spectacle (the climax is set at a tense world championship) is deftly handled, and the cast is superb. The film, which was nominated for 10 Césars — France’s equivalent of the Oscars — just might have you ready to dive into the water yourself.
Get those swim goggles ready. ~Tiff
“Not quite The Full Monty, but Sink or Swim is no half-baked premise either.”
James Croot, Screen International