Die Atlantikschwimmer (1976)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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While they are vacationing in a Bavarian lakeside resort, two bored residents of Munich agree to swim the Atlantic together to win a prize. Much of this comedy of the impossible is in a version of the Bavarian dialect, as the two swim the "Atlantic," which often appears to be a mountain lake. In one scene, as the two swim along, they encounter a fisherman who beats at them with his paddle. Along with its droll dialogue in the tradition of Kurt Valentin, the film's imagery is reminiscent of the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich.

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boredom, friendship, man-vs-nature, vacation