Sink or Swim (Le Grand Bain)

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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.


  • Mathieu Amalric
  • Guillaume Canet
  • Benoît Poelvoorde
  • Jean-Hugues Anglade
  • Virginie Efira
  • Leïla Bekhti
  • Marina Foïs
  • Philippe Katerine
  • Félix Moati
  • Alban Ivanov

Did You Know?


  • Before the shooting, the actors trained for seven months, especially with Julie Fabre, former coach of the French Olympic synchronized swimming team. If the latter was initially skeptical, she told Gilles Lellouche that things would finally be able to be done after three weeks.
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  • Right after the counting sequence ("1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8"), Amanda's lips in the long shot do not match her yelling.
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Oct 10, 2019

Sink Or Swim works because of a screenplay with some genuinely funny moments and a jaunty, confident approach from Lellouche that displays his sure comic timing and faith in the performers.

Allan Hunter
Screen Daily
Oct 10, 2019

The humor is sometimes strained, and Lellouche doesn't always demonstrate the lightest of touches.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 29, 2019

It’s well-acted and broadly sympathetic, but a time-killer of a comedy that kills too much time for its own good.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation