Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
A humorous look at three succeedingly inept generations of would-be swimmers -- father, son, and grandson -- this amusing comedy implies that a decline in more than swimming talent is going on. Since the film strikes out effectively at Joseph Stalin it was hastily excised of political jabs before its 1984 release, but was later unveiled in its full version in 1986. In 1913, Durishhan (Gudea Buzduli) is a local yokel who can stay underwater for as long as six minutes without surfacing and who has gained his Olympian ability by swimming after his sheep. When he beats an English swimmer in a private marathon, his friends ridicule him because they do not believe his story. Things only go down hill from there. Durishhan's son Dometi (Ruslan Mikaberidze) continues in the family tradition by organizing swim meets, and at one, swimmers push and pull a raft carrying Stalin's portrait way out to sea. But once again, disaster strikes when Dometi is blamed for disrespect to the dictator. Finally, Anton (Badur Zuladze), Dometi's overweight son, takes the story into the present as he reminisces with his sister about the past and has his own swimming feat to perform.
chronicle, competition, folklore, generation, generation-gap, humiliation, legend [fable], swimming, tribute, water, youth