The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées)

Certification tbc

(2019) 100 mins

Directors: Maxime Govare, Cédric Le Gallo
Writers: Romain Choay, Maxime Govare
Cinematography: Jérôme Alméras
Production Design: Nicolas Migot
Music: Thomas Couzinier, Frédéric Kooshmanian



Matthias Le Goff (Nicolas Gob), an Olympic champion at the end of his career, makes a homophobic statement on TV. His punishment : coach the Shiny Shrimps, a flamboyant and amateur gay water polo team.  They have only one thing in mind : to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia where the hottest international LGBT athletes compete. It’s the start of a bumpy and joyful ride… Faster, Higher, Stronger.

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What keeps the whole thing from flying off the rails is the directors’ command of tone and the sincerity of Gob’s performance; his transformation from homophobe to shiny shrimp gives the ensemble a reality check early on while also showing that an evolution toward acceptance is entirely possible (that was a spoiler if you’ve never seen a movie before — apologies). A third-act tragedy, foreshadowed without histrionics, even manages to bring a tear to the viewer’s eyes before things end on a literal high note.”  Hollywood Reporter

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