Sink or Swim

A stellar French comedy about dreams and how long you have to hold your breath to survive life. A popular hit at Cannes.

Le Grand Bain
France 2018
  • Czech
122 min.

Downcast Bertrand is suffering a midlife crisis. When he answers an ad placed by a group looking for a new member for their male synchronised swimming team (we’re talking aquabeaux here), he has no idea that he'll be treading water with a truly colourful bunch of lovable outcasts. The team – all sagging muscles and thinning hair and each with his own particular set of problems – is aiming for high-level competition. French director Gilles Lellouche made a splash at Cannes and Karlovy Vary festivals with a hugely entertaining and moving comedy about dreams that can come true even if we don’t dare believe in them.

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Director: Gilles Lellouche
Screenplay: Gilles Lellouche, Ahmed Hamidi, Julien Lambroschini
Cinematography: Laurent Tangy
Music: Jon Brion
Sound: Eric Chevallier, Marc Doisne
Editing: Simon Jacquet
Production Design: Florian Sanson
Producer: Alain Attal, Hugo Sélignac
Co-production: Patrick Quinet
Costumes: Elise Bouquet, Reem Kuzayli
Cast: Guillaume Canet, Leïla Bekhti, Mathieu Amalric, Virginie Efira, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Marina Foïs, Noée Abita, Mélanie Doutey

César Awards

2019 – Philippe Katerine (Best Supporting Actor)