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Swimming (2000)

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Critic Consensus: A refreshingly low-key coming-of-age story.

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Robert J. Siegel directs this understated exploration of love, sexuality and friendship. Set during the opening of the summer vacation season at Myrtle Beach, the film focuses on Frankie (Lauren Ambrose), a quiet, introverted girl who works with her brother Neil (Josh Pais) at the family's burger joint. Frankie's best friend is the trash-talking Nicola (Jennifer Dundas Lowe), who runs the body-piercing hut next door. When Neil hires the gorgeous Josee (Joelle Carter) as a waitress, Nicola can barely conceal her jealousy, while Frankie is utterly mesmerized by the nubile beauty. Later, a goofy but sweet drifter named Heath (Jamie Harrold) arrives in town, selling T-shirts from the back of his van. He instantly finds himself attracted to Frankie, ignoring both Nicola and Josee. This film was screened at the 2000 Rotterdam Film Festival.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Lisa Bazadona, Robert J. Siegel, Grace Woodard
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On DVD: Jun 3, 2003
Runtime:
Oceanside Pictures - Official Site

Cast

Lauren Ambrose
as Frankie Wheeler
Jennifer Dundas Lowe
as Nicola Jenrette
Josh Pais
as Neil Wheeler
Joe Roseto
as Phil Dunlop
Sharon Scruggs
as Marianne Wheeler
Russ Ferrari
as Nicky Wheeler
Gage Nettleton
as Zack Wheeler
Greg Marc Miller
as Van Salesman
Frank P. Trimble
as Italian Lover
Carlene Moore
as American Woman
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Critic Reviews for Swimming

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (18)

A gracefully acted, unsentimental, quite likable little coming-of-age movie.

Full Review… | September 20, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The film is an earnest try at beachcombing verismo, but it would be even more indistinct than it is were it not for the striking, quietly vulnerable personality of Ms. Ambrose.

Full Review… | September 18, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

The town has kind of an authentic feel, but each one of these people stand out and everybody else is in the background and it just seems manufactured to me and artificial.

Full Review… | September 16, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Swimming isn't a major film. Nor does it try to be. But what, in the end, is a major film? If it's one that accomplishes what it sets out to do, then we ought to correct ourselves.

September 13, 2002
Newsday
Top Critic

A refreshingly authentic coming-of-age tale.

September 13, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

Swimming is above all about a young woman's face, and by casting an actress whose face projects that woman's doubts and yearnings, it succeeds.

Full Review… | September 13, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Swimming

Three things, to me, elevate this movie to five-star excellence. The first is the brilliance and relateability of Lauren Ambrose's exceptional performance. She can project five emotions just through a facial expression. The second, is the simplicity of the story, and its realism. And the third is perhaps more personal; one scene features the Leona Naess song "Comatised" - one of my faves of all time!

danieljparsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

Ambrose's character, Frankie, dresses and acts like a woman who's entrenched in middle age without any hope of escaping. She runs the family restaurant with her older brother, Nick (Josh Pais), and she shares their parents' old house with Nick's wife and kids. Frankie's best friend, Nicola (Jennifer Dundas Lowe), apparently keeps her around so she can look more vivacious by comparison.
Frankie's worldview gets rocked when she meets the new waitress Josee (Joelle Carter), a beautiful woman who takes an interest in her without any ulterior motives. Josee's free spirit and disregard of others fascinates Frankie, both of which are nicely illustrated in a scene where Josee leisurely strolls through the crowded restaurant. Soon, they're spending time together, which enrages Nicola and Josee's boyfriend (James Villemaire) and destroys the ruts they've built for themselves. Ambrose is capable of bringing a nuanced, understated style to anything she does, but still showing flashes of strong emotion at times. Unfortunately, Ambrose and Frankie are awash in a rambling story, languid indie-film pacing and editing, and only marginally likable characters. Siegel's deft casting is nothing short of excellent. Ambrose and the rest are so natural in their roles it hurts. There is no scenery chewing or awkward improv, and their craft appears effortless.

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Danielle S

MUST SEE THIS MOVIE, THERE ARE SCENES IN THIS MOVIE THAT ARE TAKEN IN MY HOTEL (ROOM SCENE WHEN LAUREN AMBROSE MEETS SOMEONE AT FREAKY TIKI- WAS A BAR AROUND THE CORNER FROM MY HOTEL) AND THE VERY LAST SCENE IN THE LAUNDROMAT. THE WALLPAINTING IS STILL THERE- I REFUSE TO PAINT OVER IT. A MUST SEE!!!!!!!

lmsmith42
Lisa Smith

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