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52nd edition

L’Effet aquatique

Fortnight 2016, Feature film, 1h25


Samir, a tall, lanky, 40-something crane operator from Montreuil, in the outskirts of Paris, falls head over heels in love with Agathe. He discovers she is a swimming instructor at the local swimming pool, and, for lack of a better plan, he decides to enlist as her student…although he can swim perfectly. But his lie only lasts for 3 lessons, and Agathe hates liars. The truth surfaces. Agathe is furious. The end?
Not quite! Agathe goes to Iceland on a business trip, putting an ocean between her and Samir. But it is without reckoning with his feelings and his stubbornness…


Sólveig Anspach

Sólveig Anspach was born in 1960 in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland, to an American father and an Icelandic mother. After graduating from La Fémis (1989 – first graduating class), she directed several documentaries. In 1998, she directed her first feature film Haut les coeurs ! for which Karin Viard won the Cesar Award for Best Actress. Her American-Icelandic origins shine through in all of her films. Sólveig Anspach passed away on August 7th, 2015.

Didda Jónsdóttir
Florence Loiret-Caille
Olivia Côte
Philippe Rebbot
Samir Guesmi

Sólveig Anspach, Jean-Luc Gaget

Isabelle Razavet

Éric Boisteau

Anne Riegel

Martin Wheeler

Set decoration
Marie Le Garrec

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Title in Original Version : The Together Project

Press release


“Une histoire d’amour drolatique et émouvante” – Le Monde
“Le film file avec malice toutes les métaphores de l’amour” – Télérama
“Un bain de fraicheur” – Gala
“A sweet and sincere French-Icelandic rom-com” – The Hollywood Reporter