Men Who Swim is a humorous and poignant look at a group of middle-aged men who have found unlikely success as members of Sweden's all-male synchronized swimming team. What begins as a weekly escape from the daily grind of work and family responsibilities gradually evolves into a more serious commitment. Inspired by Esther Williams's techniques from the 1950s, these train engineers and meat buyers, archivists and teachers soon become passionate exponents of a sport generally associated with women.
After initially believing that are the only all-male team in the world, they're surprised to discover that other countries also have teams, including Japan, Ukraine, Holland, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, and Spain. For the first time there is even going to be an unofficial All Male World Championship in the sport.
The team enters the championship in Milan and quickly realize they will have to train hard if they are to have a chance at the medals. Initially there is resistance among the men to a new regime that requires dedication, punctuality, and precision. Tempers flare and nerves fray, but finally they start to work in sync to pull together a winning routine.
More than half the team will turn 40 during the 2009 season, making the competition all the more urgent. The men are struggling with their identities as they move beyond youth and must contemplate the meaning of their lives and direction they will take.
Men Who Swim examines what it means to be part of a team and also what it is to be an individual at a crucial time in life. Ultimately, it's about realizing that maybe you've already got everything you ever wanted.
- DYLAN WILLIAMSDirector
- Al MorrowProducer
- Erik PauserProducer