• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Robert J. Siegel
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 3, 2003
  • Oceanside Pictures
  • Swimming
    1 minutes 28 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Swimming Reviews

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Daniel P

Super Reviewer

October 17, 2006
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!
StaisilD
July 5, 2008
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.
lmsmith42
January 27, 2007
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!!!!!!!
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