The Swimmer

The Swimmer

DVD - 2014
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Wealthy suburbanite Ned Merrill loses everything and, by blocking out the last two or so years of years of his life, he deceives himself that he hasn't lost anything. His deception is revealed as he confronts former friends while swimming from one pool to another on his way to his old home. Some genuinely try to help him. As he proceeds, though, he runs into people who he mistreated in the past, and now speaks hostilely to him. He finally arrives at his old home, which is locked and empty.
Publisher: [United States] : Grindhouse Releasing, 2014
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 SWI NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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voisjoe1_0
Nov 23, 2017

Lucky for me, I didn't read the library web-site description, as it contains about the biggest spoiler I have ever seen. It starts out slow and happy. It builds up steam and has quite a few bomb-shells in the last half. It is one of the best films I've seen this year. Watch the deep grief on Lancaster's face when he gets rejected or feels that things are going downhill fast (similar to his great acting in "The Leopard" and "Judgement at Nuremburg). This film bombed at the box office, probably because it was too advanced for its time. The theme is self-deception. Relevant for 2017 - Trump believes himself loved and great, but this is only his self-perception and the perception of a minority of perhaps 30% or less of Americans (and only autocrats outside of the USA).

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pl8
Feb 05, 2017

Bizarre is an overused word. This film is genuinely bizarre and unpredictable. Luckily it was smart enough to clearly remind the audience that the main character is definitely not a hero, specifically in the scenes with the chauffer and the young girl. I suppose if its about anything its a depiction of a member of the privileged class who wants to simultaneously feel free in a self-absorbed rousseauian way and still cling to his privilege without recognizing the contradiction. Very well made, great romantic cinematography and musical score.

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whiterabbitt
Sep 05, 2014

Ideal for those who love a good psychology film. This is perfect for trying to understand the mind of a broken man searching for something that will make him whole again, only to find all that he had is gone ... then the final scene break down. This film is hugely undersung and also one of Burt Lancaster's finest. Hey, even the recently deceased Joan Rivers has a small roll ... and not as a comedic character.

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hoacornell
Jun 02, 2014

Just a very original screenplay and terrific acting by Burt Lancaster. He is surrounded by wealthy friends but somehow seems to be missing something. This won't be a movie for everyone, certainly not children. It is an adult subject, but a good one for a discussion group.

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