Sink or Swim

France 2019

Synopsis

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 scepticism and ridicule of those around them, and trained by a fallen champion trying to pull herself together, the group set out on an unlikely adventure, and on the way will rediscover a little self-esteem and a lot about themselves and each other.

Director's Biography

Graduated of the Cours Florent, Gilles Lellouche began his career by multiplying supporting roles: LES SOEURS HAMLET, WHAT I DID FOR LOVE and MA FEMME EST UNE ACTRICE. Guillaume Canet directed him in WHATEVER YOU SAY and TELL NO ONE. Gilles Lellouche did the same, giving him the leading role of his first feature film NARCO.
Since 2005, the actor-filmmaker became a regular in romantic comedies, playing the loser in MA VIE EN L’AIR, a role for which he received the 2006 César of the Most Promising Actor. He also likes to play less friendly characters as in MA PLACE AU SOLEIL, LA CHAMBRE DES MORTS and PARIS.
In 2010, he played the lead role in the thriller TRADER GAME, portraying an unscrupulous trader alongside Michael Madsen, Charles Berling and Vahina Giocante. Gilles Lellouche became one of the most sought-after actors in French cinema. The actor passed both in front of and behind the camera alongside five other filmmakers in THE PLAYERS. He then embodied a double agent in the thriller GIBRALTAR and a mob boss in LA FRENCH.
More recently, he played in comedies such as THE JEWS, ROCK’N ROLL, SOUS LE MEME TOIT and in LE SENS DE LA FETE, a role for which he received a César nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 2018. A nomination he already had for his performance in LITTLE WHITE LIES. He also appeared in darker films, such as the historical thriller THE MAN WITH THE IRON HEART.
He is currently completing the filming of IN SAFE HANDS, NOUS FINIRONS ENSEMBLE and L’AMOUR EST UNE FETE.

Filmography:
2018 - SINK OR SWIM
2012 - THE PLAYERS
2003 - NARCO
2002 - POURKOI… PASSKEU (Short film)
1996 - 2 MINUTES 36 DE BONHEUR (Short film)
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Gilles Lellouche

Written by: Gilles Lellouche, Ahmed Hamidi, Julien Lambroschini

Produced by: Alain Attal, Hugo Hugo Selignac

Cinematography: Laurent Tangy

Main Cast: Guillaume Canet (Laurent), Benoît Poelvoorde (Marcus), Jean-Hugues Anglade (Simon), Virginie Efira (Delphine), Marina Foïs (Claire), Philippe Katerine (Thierry), Mathieu Amalric (Bertrand)

Nominations and Awards

  • People's Choice Award 2019