THE SHINY SHRIMPS

Running Time: 103 min

Maxine Govare
Cédric Le Gallo

Directors

France
Country

French
with English Subtitles

Language

The Shiny Shrimps
Film Website


Winner: Audience Award
North Carolina Gay & Lesbian
Film Festival


Part underdog sports story, part Priscila, Queen of the Desert-esque road trip saga, Maxine Govare and Cédric Le Gallo’s THE SHINY SHRIMPS is an instant queer classic. Matthias, a top French swimmer, is striving to get a last win under his belt before he retires, but all his plans change when he lets loose a homophobic comment during an interview. His punishment? Matthias must coach an LGBTQ water polo team, The Shiny Shrimps, to their Gay Games debut in Croatia in order to return to his own competitions.

While Matthias is initially selfish with his time and resistant to working with the Shrimps, the team’s heart and the influence of his own daughter change his priorities. Still, the task ahead of Matthias is not an easy one, and wrangling these Shrimp into competition shape will be full of surprises for this not-so-queer professional athlete.

This fun but still emotional film brings its audience along for the ride as The Shiny Shrimps face issues of identity, athleticism, and roadblocks along their way to Croatia. THE SHINY SHRIMPS reminds us to face the hard-hitting realities of life, in or outside the queer community, together, and maybe with a bit of campy humor.