Drowning in Dreams (1997)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Sociology  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |  
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On man's obsession becomes a metaphor for life's unattainable mysteries in this elliptical documentary from filmmaker Tim Southam. Ever since Thunder Bay businessman Fred Broennle learned that a luxury yacht named the Gunilda had been quietly resting in the depths of Lake Superior since sinking on a cold evening in 1911, his obsession to raise it to the surface for inspection has gradually consumed his entire life. Though Broennle and experienced diving instructor Charles "King" Hauge did indeed attempt to explore the wreckage in 1970, Hauge ultimately died on the lake floor and Broennle nearly suffered the same fate after attempting to rescue his mentor. Later becoming one of the most wealthy businessmen in the area, Broennle's relentless, all-consuming desire to lay claim to the Gunilda eventually robbed him of both his fortune and his family. Despite all of the pain that his obsession has brought upon him, Broennle remains holds steadfast in his dedication to realizing his dream of raising the ship, even in the face of stark opposition from others who claim that the yacht is best left untouched.

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desperation, diver, drowning, greed, guilt, obsession, redemption, shipwreck, struggle