Some of the group were a little dubious about how interesting the film would be, but everyone ended up enjoying the film. A man who is suffering a mid-life crisis finds new meaning in his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team. He had left his wife, believing she was having an affair and had rejected him. As his relationship with the team evolved, he realised the problem was his own fear of growing old; his wife had not rejected him.
The relationships within the team also evolved as they all learnt the value of working together and the importance of supporting each other in their different needs. Our group did not see it as a romance in a traditional sense, but it does fit a wider definition of the term to include relationships and feelings. There was an element of drama, and some humorous moments.
The film was reasonably light and enjoyable, with some thought-provoking moments. Performances were good, including several actors who are more often seen in television series, including Ron Brydon (Would I lie to You, A Cock and Bull Story), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Nathaniel Parker (Inspector Lynley).
We rated it as 3.5 out of 5.
Our film for discussion at the 12 June class is “Top End Wedding” screening at BPACC from 30 May. It is an Australian film set in the “Top End” of the country and looks to have some spectacular scenery from this area.