Swim for Life

Their names are Jean, Yvette, Gabriel and Christiane. De Gaulle famously said: “Old age is a shipwreck”. Although they may be his contemporaries, this statement does not quite apply to those 4 swimmers. At 78, 88 or even 101 years old, they’re still determined to break new records in competitive swimming. In their film, Maya Lussier-Seguin and Pierre-Olivier François have portrayed these four champions of the Masters category across today’s France during the 2014/2015 sporting season. They share a passion for swimming. And that’s how they rise above their old age and the difficulties that a youth-fuelled society would rather forget all about. As they go about their training, they speak about solitude and how to best avoid it, about the hurdles of life and how they overcame them, about our society that neglects or dismisses our elders and how THEY deal with it all. In Strasburg, Mulhouse or in the suburbs of Paris, in a swimming pool, at a pottery class or during a family reunion, they dispense their mental and physical strengths, their discipline, their optimism that allow them to last and outlast everyone. Swim for life is a documentary about seniors both extraordinary and ordinary, both bearing the weight of a long history and staunchly looking towards the future. Unassuming swimmers in their lane, until, to everyone’s surprise, they climb once again on the podium and break a new record for France, Europe or the World. And that’s where we rediscover their incredible “joie de vivre”.

  • Maya Lussier-Séguin
  • Maya Lussier-Séguin
  • Allumage prod
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Troisieme Nage
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    51 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 21, 2015
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    Digital, 5D
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  • Student Project:
    Palo Alto
    United States
    October 21, 2016
    North american premiere
  • Broadcasted on France Télévision
    October 3, 2016
    European premiere
  • Young International Artists - Cité internationale des Arts de Paris
    October 10, 2016
  • Les samedis du film documentaire
    December 10, 2016
  • Plongez au delà de la performance
    January 9, 2017
Director Biography - Maya Lussier-Séguin

Maya was born in Quebec in 1986 and is a graduate from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal where she was introduced to documentary filmaking by inspiring directors such as Martin Duckworth, Michael Snow and Pierre Falardeau. After passing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2010, Maya moved to Paris, France where she began her career as a production’s assistant with What’s Up Films. In 2014, she chose to focus on her creative career and participate in the production of historical documentaries of international scope for PBS: Dday’s Sunken Secrets, directed by Doug Hamilton or the 6h-documentary series: The Great War, by Stephen Ives which explores the American force’s role in WWI. Maya has been also a dedicated swimmer for over 25 years and has met senior swimmers through her competitive career. That’s how she was inspired to make her first documentary film “Swim for Life” (Troisième nage, in French). In 2015, she was selected by the Fondation de France to be the recipient of the Salavin-Fournier grant for young artists. She's currently artist-in-residency at La Cité des Arts de Paris.

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