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Swimming (2000)

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

Movie Info

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.

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 (39) | Top Critics (17)

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

September 20, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4

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.

September 18, 2002 | Full Review…

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.

September 16, 2002

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 | Rating: 2.5/4

A refreshingly authentic coming-of-age tale.

September 13, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

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.

September 13, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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!

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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