SWIMMER - LYNNE RAMSAY (2012)

Swimmer won the Best Short Film BAFTA (always award to a British film) in 2012. It could be argued that it is more of an art film - with little story - than a narrative short. Others - higher up on the pretentious scale - would claim that there is a story. It was commissioned for the 2012 Olympics in London and doubtlessly had a large budget. Beautifully shot, Swimmer follows a long-distance swimmer as he makes his way through various British landscapes. As he passes, snippets of waterside events are seen, but these scenes apparently bear no connection to the swimmer himself. Had they done, I think one could have made a narrative out of it. As it is, it really is more of a visual poem. It is difficult to know what else to say. Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay is perhaps best known for the feature film We Need to Talk About Kevin as well as quitting just before shooting Jane Got A Gun. If you like the BAFTA winning short film, Swimmer, by Lynne Ramsay, be sure to rate it and share it.


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