Men Who Swim
In the midst of mid-life crises, an all-male synchronized swim team is born.
Stop snickering. This is serious.
Filmmaker Dylan Williams tries to cheer himself up by joining an all-male synchronized swim team. He discovers a dozen other men struggling with the indignities of age and the uncertainty of a life half-lived in this look at an unlikely brotherhood of beer bellies, wet suits, and occasional underwater grace.
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Men Who Swim is a humorous, poignant look at a group of menÂ in Stockholm who have found unlikely fellowship as members of Swedenâ€™s all-male synchronized swim team. What began as a weekly escape from the daily grind of work and family responsibilities, gradually evolved into a more serious commitment. By day, they are train conductors and meat buyers, archivists and teachers; but by evening, they channel Esther Williams and become earnest and passionate exponents of the sport.
After initially believing themselves to be the only all-male synchronized swim team in the world, theyâ€™re surprised to discover that other countries also have teams including Japan, Ukraine, Holland, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, and Spain. And the first-ever All Male World Championship in the sport is coming up soon.
Here is “The Lift,” which looks a bit like the SNL skit from a decade ago. Grace is hard to come by when you’re practicing:
Independent Lens: Men Who Swim
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