Together Project, The (L’effet aquatique): Sólveig Anspach’s Final Film

The Together Project / L’effet aquatique
Sólveig Anspach, France/Iceland, 2016, 83m

The final film from the late French-Icelandic director Sólveig Anspach is an offbeat aquatic comedy.

When gawky construction worker Samir (Samir Guesmi) encounters prickly swim instructor Agathe (Florence Loiret Caille), he’s immediately smitten. But his unconventional plan to win her over-pretending he can’t swim in order to take lessons from her-proves problematic.

Sweet without being cloying, quirky without being grating, this romantic charmer succeeds due to the interplay between the two leads and Anspach’s breezy sincerity.