Monday, October 10, 2022

The Swimmer, a film which confronts homophobia in the elite sport


When a young athlete falls for one of his competitors, he is faced with some big decisions, in this smart and sexy tale of forbidden love. That is the plot of The Swimmer, a Israeli movie directed by Adam Kalderon and starred by Omer Perelman Striks and Asaf Jonas.

Having earned himself a coveted spot at an elite training camp, talented swimmer Erez (Omer Perelman Striks) finds himself thrust into an unforgiving world of sporting rivalry, battling against his peers for a place on the Israeli Olympic swimming team. 

Erez is single-minded in his athletic ambition, until he meets handsome fellow swimmer Nevo (Asaf Jonas), with whom he forms an undeniable connection. But this ultra-competitive environment does not tolerate such distractions and Erez is soon warned by his exacting coach to stay away from Nevo, something Erez comes to understand is impossible.

A thrilling blend of sports movie and love story, Adam Kalderon’s  stylish coming-of-age tale is fraught with heady drama and smouldering sexual tension, not to mention a healthy dose of men in speedos, if that happens to be your thing.

Watch the trailer below:

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