Oscar Predictions: The Swimmers

Sally El Hosaini’s The Swimmers got the plum slot of opening the Toronto Film Festival a week ago prior to its November 23rd Netflix streaming bow. An Oscar qualifying theatrical run will precede that. Based on the true story of Syrian refugee sisters hoping for Olympic gold, real life siblings Nathalie and Manal Issa star alongside Ahmed Malek, Matthias Schweighofer, and Ali Suliman.

The Toronto buzz was mixed with a 60% Rotten Tomatoes score. I don’t see this generating a wave of support for awards consideration. Many reviews say this is more successful in its depiction of the refugee experience than as a sports drama. I would second that as I attended the opening night gala in Canada. I don’t envision this contending in any race. My Oscar Prediction posts will continue…

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