Parents' Guide to

The Swimmers

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Inspiring true refugee story has sexual violence and peril.

Movie PG-13 2022 134 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

Inspirational story, messages of not giving up. Some younger children might find the boat scene distressful. There is one scene where a man attempts to sexually assault a teen but it’s stopped quickly. This film is a great opportunity to have family discussions on plight of refugees, immigration policies, kindness of strangers, working hard to achieve your dreams. Highly recommend!
age 14+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This biographical drama blends pertinent, powerful themes, with the archetypal sports movie formula. In what is her first directorial feature in a decade, Sally El Hosaini co-wrote The Swimmers with esteemed writer Jack Thorne. What transpires is a film that has a lot to say but remains committed to its entertainment value. It is inspiring and full of hope, all the while remaining devastating and moving.

There are some fine performances but a special mention must go to newcomer Nathalie Issa, in her first role. Her real-life sister Manal -- who already had an extensive list of film credits to her name -- merely suggested her younger sister could play her on-screen sibling. Without any experience, the youngster came on board and has turned in a stirring, accomplished performance. This won't be the last we see of her. On that note, let's hope El Hosaini doesn't wait another decade for her next one either.

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