REVIEW: THE SWIMSUIT ISSUE
Inspired by such lemons-into-lemonade Britcoms as The Full Monty and Calendar Girls, this Scandinavian comedy deftly mixes slapstick with social issues including gender politics, homophobia, and the unfashionability of middle-aged men. Frederik (Jonas Inde) is unemployed, divorced, and estranged from his daughter, Sara (Amanda Davin). A botched prank suddenly gives him the idea to mold his motley buddies into Sweden’s only all-male synchronized-swimming team, with the World Cup finals in Berlin as the seemingly unattainable goal. The story gains power toward a climactic ending, as what seemed like a lark turns into a quest to give their lives new meaning..
“…the film, directed by Mans Herngren, is low-key and gently touches on issues not usually found in sports comedies: hard times, fragmented families, reverse discrimination,” says The New York Times. “It’s the situations that are comical, not the characters.” The Los Angeles Times agrees. “The team’s hard-fought efforts carry an unspoiled poignancy.”.
The Swimsuit Issue is one of a selection of Tribeca Film titles being distributed by New Video in 2011. Tribeca Film is a distribution label acquiring and releasing films year-round and is supported by Founding Partner American Express. The films range from award-winning dramas and revealing documentaries to uproarious comedies and stunning animated features, many of which premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival prior to theatrical runs in New York and Los Angeles. The films from the Tribeca Film slate were also available on video on demand in 40 million U.S. homes simultaneously with their Festival screenings through relationships with leading telecom, cable and satellite providers.
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