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Against the Tides

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

British sports docu has mild peril, some strong language.

Movie NR 2021 87 minutes
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Night photography and underwater shots are atmospheric and haunting, yet this documentary lacks the drama that might have kept it on track as events unfold. It is unsurprising that Against the Tides feels incomplete given the unexpected direction it takes, suggesting French's decisions leave the documentary crew as high and dry as her support team.

Rooting for French becomes increasingly difficult -- her initial claim that she is attempting the challenge for her son, Dylan, never quite ringing true. Moments of difficulty, where Dylan is upset and untethered on their travels, are always framed in terms of their affect on French, with any empathy dimmed by the overriding sense that she could do without it the night before a swim. The single-mindedness that made her so successful and potentially inspiring going into the challenge translates into selfishness as the documentary goes on, leaving the audience feeling as cheated as those around her as it draws to a close.

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