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SWIMMING UPSTREAM (2005) *** Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer,
Tim Draxl, David Hoflin, Craig Horner, Brittany Byrnes, Deborah
Kennedy, Mark Hembrow, Mitchell Dellevergin, Thomas Davidson, Kain
O'Keefe, Robert Quinn, Keeara Byrnes. (Dir: Russell Mulcahy)
Rush and Davis give bold performances in this true-life account of
Aussie swimming champ Tony Fingleton.
Athletic biographies and films about sports in general seem to keep
audiences enthralled as they line up to see them, rooting for the
underdog and living vicariously through their triumphs as well as
viscerally feeling their emotional (and physical) scars they accumulate
in the long and winding road to success.
In the latest true-life account the sport is swimming and the athlete
is Australia's national champion Tony Fingleton circa the 1950s-early
1960s, beginning with his humble beginnings as the middle child of a
family of five and clearly not his father's favorite as the story
proceeds to illustrate just how blunt that fact is with some
heartbreaking moments of just how difficult it can be to be a perfect
athletic specimen, but an absolute zero in the eyes of a loved one.
Tony's blue-collar working class dad, Harold (a superb Rush in a
continuing string of chameleon like turns of late), a man who houses
many demons and unleashes his inner fury through bottles of beer ,
tries his best to provide for his sprawling tight family and although
his focus on winning-is-the-only-thing-that-matters view in life has to
face his failures every day (he gave up a promising attempt as a
professional soccer star by marrying young, and regretting every moment
thereafter) in spite of his loving family and long-suffering wife Dora
(the ethereally haggard Davis equally top-notch in a semi-low-key
performance). His main cause of bitterness is apparently his son Tony's
good-natured, loving self that only may mirror the phantoms of what
Harold may have been (or could have been) and his reflection is only
refracted back with disappointment until one day the young boy and his
sibling John announce they can swim very well much to his surprise.
Harold sees this magical moment as his ticket by coaching his lads
gruelingly to stardom and becomes obsessed in their times by carrying
his ubiquitous stop-watch at all times and having the boys go at the
crack of dawn every day until they are young men equally scrabbling to
make names of themselves (and eventually to disembark their trappings
for the real world).
Spencer gives a remarkably effective performance as the tortured Tony
(as does Dellevergin as his younger version) attempting to shake off
the waves of abuse and loathing from the only person he so desperately
wants to make proud of and is ably supported by a more difficult turn
by Draxl (and his younger counterpoint Davidson) as John. The two young
brothers are thick and thin covering for each other when things get
messy yet eventually a wedge is driven between the two by the conniving
Harold who will stop at nothing to see his 'dream' the way it should
The acting by both Rush and Davis is truly impressive as each manages
to avoid making either of their roles true monsters and victims by
giving them shades of gray in character and just enough reality to
their pre-conceived stereotypes alcoholic loser and misbegotten
Veteran director Mulcahy (HIGHLANDER) has a difficult task in keeping
the film's pace relevant to the seemingly endless swim matches and his
choice of pulsating music diminishes his clever wipes and split-screens
to divvy up the emotional overload his characters are going through.
Yet the screenplay by Anthony Fingleton - based on his biography with
his younger sister Diane keeps the storyline real in its brutality
What easily could have been a waterlogged THE GREAT SANTINI the film
achieves the unexpected: sympathy for a loser and new-found respect for
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