AGAINST THE CURRENT   (2009)
AGAINST THE CURRENT is a compelling and uncompromising exploration of grief and loss, one's right to determine one's own fate, and the limits and responsibilities of friendship.
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Project Type:
Feature Film
Running Time:
99
Genre:
Drama
Cast:
Joseph Fiennes, Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser, Mary Tyler Moore, Michelle Trachtenberg
Director:
Peter Callahan
Producer:
Joshua Zeman, Mary Jane Skalski
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Gray, Miranda Bailey, Matthew Leutwyler
Project Status:
Catalog
Origin Country/Region:
United States
Original Language :
English
Dubbed In:
English

Ratings:

Motion Picture Association of America — Restricted to minors
Synopsis
PAUL THOMPSON (Joseph Fiennes) is a man burdened by the past. Haunted by tragic memories, Paul has become the shadow of the warm, loving person he once was. In fact, Paul' s only current source of happiness, seems to be his lifelong friend, JEFF (Justin Kirk), an out-of-work actor-cum-bartender with a wicked sense of humour. One night over drinks, Paul pleads with Jeff to accompany him on "the swim", a 150-mile endurance test down the Hudson River - from Troy, New York to Manhattan's Verrazano Bridge. Eager to escape his crumbling marriage Jeff agrees, but not before inviting LIZ (Elizabeth Reaser) a schoolteacher on summer break to come along for the ride. To the boys surprise Liz impulsively accepts. That week, the trio head upstate to buy a boat and start their journey. Adamant that they reach New York City by August 28th, Paul keeps them on a tight schedule. Rain or shine, he swims, while they ride along side in the boat, stopping each night to camp along the river's edge. However, halfway during the trip, as the sun sets over the majestic Hudson, Paul reveals his true intentions: when he reaches the end of his swim, he is going to kill himself. The finish date, Aug 28th, will mark the five-year anniversary of the death of his wife and unborn daughter. Consumed by his grief and despair, Paul has been unable to find closure and move on. Realizing that the only way to save Paul might be to continue with the swim, Jeff and Liz agreed to stay on. And so with each passing stroke, a gallows humour settles over the three as they find themselves debating the finer points of jelly donuts, sex, and suicide. As the jokes and one-liners mix with deeper exchanges, the journey down river becomes a battle not only to save a friend, but also discover what it is they ultimately seek inside themselves. Both tragic and surprisingly humorous, AGAINST THE CURRENT is a compelling and uncompromising exploration of grief and loss, one's right to determine one's own fate, and the limits and responsibilities of friendship....more

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