I liked this...although it had some awful music and some incredibly dated scenes and camerawork. Burt Lancaster is great as Ned, the neighbor everyone loves, who goes on a one day journey of swimming from one neighbor's pool to another and eventually all the way home. At the beginning everything seems perfect but slowly you begin to see the cracks in his facade.
Over-rated. Over-loaded. Ridiculous. It is so obvious that a 53 y/o Burt Lancaster can not and does not fit into the character of Ned Merrill. I regretfully, as a Lancaster fan, have to state this. Awful music. This is also a Frank Perry-Sydney Pollack fiasco. I can't believe it that people like this. Who is nuts?
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Sad man fails at self-mythologisation while maintaining inappropriate boundaries with old flames. Drawing out a tone of elegiac nostalgia for an hour-and-a-half strikes me as a little morbid. Interesting to see remnants of the babysitter storyline from Cheever's 'The Country Husband' repurposed for 'The Swimmer'. Lancaster sparkly and weathered and reminded me of Russell Mael for some reason.
A strange tale of regret and loneliness. I've been asking myself recently, "what is the cure for nostalgia?" and my answer has been "more memories"... but if that is true, will I also have to swim across the pools of Connecticut to atone for my sins?
This film starts rather cheerfully on a sunny day, the main character jumps pool to pool and we learn more about him slowly exposing the truth. As all the pieces of information are coming together the tone is changing completely. This film flows so smoothly... it's amazing. Wonderful cinematography, cast and acting. Absolutely recommended!
Somewhere between The Odyssey and The Myth of Sisyphus, The Swimmer is a voyage of alienation through the fake smile of American Dream swimming pools. What starts as a quirky sunny-day story descends into a nightmare of absurdism and Kafkaesque tribulation: with each new pool that our protagonist swims, he becomes one closer to home and to the ultimate shattering of his relativistic self-deception.