The Swimmers
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‘The Swimmers’ (2022) – Netflix Movie – Review: Relevant and Impactful

It will move you to the core

Review

Total Score
7/10
Overall
7.0/10

The Swimmers is a 2022 biographical drama movie directed by Sally El Hosaini starring Manal Issa and Nathalie Issa.

A powerful movie in its sincerity. It is impossible not be moved by this film that tells a story of the incredible strength and resilience of its protagonists. With its social-realism and documentary techniques in some sequences, it shows us the harshness of the reality of many, as well as giving us a beautiful story about resilience.

Premise

Two heroic young sisters set out on a voyage that will require resilience and conviction. They leave behind a war-torn Syria, intent on proving to the world their swimming skills they are selected to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Swimmers
The Swimmers (2022)

Movie Review

A movie that counts on a potent screenplay that is well developed providing us not only the story the two brave sisters, but also a good depiction of the context they come from and find themselves in. It is not a sophisticated production, but ‘The Swimmers’ has a story that is strong enough to carry the feature without recurring to extraordinary special effects, which in fact, ha they been used, would simply blur the message conveyed.

The performances are good, especially those of Natalie Issa and Manal Issa in their roles as the Mardini sisters, which they portray convincingly and with authenticity.

This movie aims straight for the heart, and that will not leave you unmoved.

Release Date

November 23, 2022

Where to Watch The Swimmers

Netflix

Other Reviews

“It’s too moving not to connect with most viewers, anchored by incredibly nuanced and charismatic performances from its two stars” 

Brian Tallerico: rogerebert.com

“A [film] with an important message about the growing refugee crisis worldwide, and Yusra’s story is one worth telling. It’s a pity the filmmakers couldn’t take the time to see her life as more than just a vessel for this message” 

Marya E. Gates: The Playlist 

Cast


Manal Issa / Sarah Mardini

Matthias Schweighöfer / Sven

Ali Suliman / Ezzat Mardini

James Floyd / Emad

Ahmed Malek / Nizar

Kinda Alloush / Mervat Mardini

Nathalie Issa / Yusra Mardini

Nahel Tzegai / Shada

Carlotta De Gregori / Marlena Kristov (Olympic swimmer)

Victoria Valcheva / Kostana

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The Swimmers (2022)
The Swimmers

Movie title: The Swimmers

Movie description: Two heroic young sisters set out on a voyage that will require resilience and conviction. They leave behind a war-torn Syria, intent on proving to the world their swimming skills they are selected to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Date published: November 21, 2022

Country: Reino Unido

Duration: 134 mins

Director(s): Sally El Hosaini

Actor(s): Manal Issa, Nathalie Issa, Matthias Schweighöfer, Ali Suliman, James Floyd, Elmi Rashid Elmi, Ahmed Malek, Alfredo Tavares, Roderick Hill, Kinda Allouch

Genre: Dramas

Our Opinion

A powerful movie in its sincerity. It is impossible not be moved by this film that tells a story of the incredible strength and resilience of its protagonists. With its social-realism and documentary techniques in some sequences, it shows us the harshness of the reality of many, as well as giving us a beautiful story about resilience.

Overall
3.5

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