The Shiny Shrimps

The Shiny Shrimps

Maxime Govare (2019)

103min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A huge hit in its native France, this comedy blend of Swimming with Men and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert boasts tremendous warmth as it takes a hilarious road trip through the hotbed of LGBTQ+ politics. An Olympic champion swimmer (Nicolas Gob) makes a homophobic statement on TV and is ordered to coach an amateur gay waterpolo team for the Gay Games in Croatia. But the "Shiny Shrimps" seem more enamoured of after-practice partying than improving their sporting chances as they travel from Paris on board an open-top bus, Summer Holiday-style. Predictable though it may be, this exuberantly feel-good charmer from co-directors/writers Maxime Govare and Cédric Le Gallo is a non-stop blast of wild campery, from its changing-room banter to its impromptu singalong to Sabrina's disco hit Boys. It's not all blatantly fluffy fun: sobering issues are effectively raised and a powerfully affecting funeral brings the rainbow raunch to a touching close.

Cast & Crew

Matthias Le Goff Nicolas Gob
Jean Alban Lenoir
Cédric Michaël Abiteboul
Alex David Baïot
Damien Romain Lancry
Joel Roland Menou
Xavier Geoffrey Coüet
Director Maxime Govare
Director Cédric Le Gallo
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Peccadillo PicturesReleased on: 6 Sep 2019