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Swimmer (The)

Country: Israel, Language: Hebrew, 83 mins

  • Director: Adam Kalderon
  • Writer: Adam Kalderon
  • Producer: Mika Kalderon, Naama Pyritz

CGiii Comment

Something went slightly wrong on this swimmer's journey from page to screen.

What could have been a gritty insight into the world of elite sportsmen...isn't! This is more homo-erotic than homo-sport...look, if you are going to get to the top of your chosen sport, it's not only talent that will get you there...single-mindedness, psychological strength and a dog-eat-dog mentality are all the obligatory requirements needed. Without one, it's simply a house of cards.

Erez ain't gonna make's startling clear from the moment his pre-occupation...with a certain part of his own body and certain parts of the other swimmers' bodies...starts to take over.

This is a handsome more ways than one! The cinematography, music and colour palette are as vibrant as the closing scene. A fantastically stylistic scene which showed what Adam Kalderon is capable of...had he adopted more of this stylistic approach from the beginning, The Swimmer could have been less the pretty montage it is...rather than the cutthroat competition it could have been.

Still, it is very easy on the eye!


The(ir) Blurb...

Erez, a rising star in the Israeli swimming scene, arrives at a godforsaken training camp held in a boarding school. The winner of the competition held there wins one ticket to the Olympics. There he meets Nevo, beautiful, gifted, who awakens subconscious desires in him. However, their swimming coach does not believe in friendships between competitors. Warned to stay away from Nevo, Erez is still too attracted to him. In between practices, he attempts to act upon his feelings?

Cast & Characters

Omer Perelman Striks (as Erez)
Asaf Jonas (as Nevo)
Nadia Kucher (as Paloma)
Igal Reznik (as Dema)
Gal Ben Amra (as Yoav)
Aviv Karmi (as Yael)
Ofek Nicki-Cohen (as Dan)
Roy Reshef (as Nadav)
Yarden Tusia-Cohen (as Liat)