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Swimming (2000 movie)

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A movie directed by Robert J. Siegel

SWIMMING is a summer coming of age story about a young working-class girl living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Starring Lauren Ambrose (SIX FEET UNDER) as Frankie, the film shows how, with her two best friends, Nicola (Jennifer Dundas Lowe) and Josee … see full wiki

Cast: Joshua Harto
Release Date: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Swimming (2000 movie)

Before Lauren Ambrose went 6’ under she went Swimming

  • Nov 20, 2003
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Best friends Frankie & Nicola live in Myrtle Beach and on the edge of ‘discovering’ who and what they are. Physical and emotional opposites, they compliment each other in a weird friendship that borders on mild teenage obsession. The ages of these girls are undetermined but Nicola owns a body piercing shop located next door to the restaurant that Frankie co-owns with her brother. The brother seems much older, the restaurant was left to them by their parents on their death. How Nicola came about the piercing shop isn’t discussed.

Frankie is plain, almost gawky in appearance. Pale of skin, almost iridescent. She dresses in baggy coveralls with a tee-shirt underneath, clunky shoes, no makeup. Nicola is brash and ‘out there’, pierced and made up, skirts up to there and necklines heading in the opposite direction. She is a borderline lush, almost the town tramp type of girl.

In other words, they are perfect friends.

When Josee comes into town and hires on at the restaurant, the friendship is put to a test. Frankie has a little buzz for the new girl and you wonder if she has underlying homosexual aspirations. On the other hand, Frankie also meets a wandering dude who sells tye-dyed shirts out of his van, one that takes a shine to this pale creature, and she kinda goes that way as well. Frankie seems to be a confused young lady on the cusp of deciding what she wants in life.

Frankie thinks all her life problems will be solved if she just can get a car, but it seems the brother keeps her on a tight financial chain. Through it all, in typical best friend fashion, Frankie and Nicola have a love/hate relationship that is the grounds for their perfect friendship.

A lot of the filming was done on the beaches of Myrtle Beach with a lot of bare babes for eye candy, including Nicola. Not Frankie, though, she never goes swimming, although that is the underlying part of the story and what she states would be what she missed most if she left there – the opportunity to go swimming whenever she wanted to.

Lauren Ambrose played the part of Frankie, this was right before her Six Feet Under debut, and during the filming of another winner, Psycho Beach Party. She won the L.A. Outfest Grand Jury Award for outstanding actress in both those films in 2000. Later she moved on to Six Feet Under and became a more professional looking, sexy, suave young lady. In this movie though you just wanted to hand her a lipstick and brush and tell her to get out of those shabby clothes.

Jennifer Dundas as the sexy and snazzy Nicola was definitely a treat. Wry humor and cutting edge, her personality was one of shy minx. Both brash and introverted, she worked against herself as a young lady looking for something she was never going to find.

Joelle Carter was Josee, the new gal in town. Sexy, worldly, a bit of a tramp but in a good way. Just a wandering soul finding ways to make a few bucks and then move on. She introduced Frankie to love, in all the wrong places.

Robert Siegel won the Torchlight Award from the Woodstock Film Festival as director. He also co-wrote the piece with the help of Lisa Bazadona.

Included on the DVD were ‘Afterthought-an inside look at Swimming’ Snapshot diaries from Sundance Film Festival and deleted scenes.

It wasn’t a great movie or even one that you pondered over afterward. It wasn’t that you wondered, well what did I just watch and is that truly the end? You cared, but not a great deal. Just another movie that swims by and you seldom give it another thought.

I didn’t form any special attachment with the characters and felt the relationship between Frankie and her brother wasn’t fleshed out quite enough. I also didn’t like the idea of the undetermined ages. Frankie appeared around 14 and Nicola around 18 or so, it left you wondering about how they got to where they were in the business life, etc.

I probably wouldn’t watch it again but will recommend it. I’ve seen worse, it’s just an average movie. There were tentative female/female kissing but no flesh was shown and no real sex scenes between any of the people. There was one invisible person, I don't know who played that part.



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