It’s always disappointing when an undeniably incredible true story is turned into a film that tells said story in a way that undercuts just how remarkable the story truly is. The Swimmers, which follows teenage Olympic swimming hopeful Yusra Mardini (Nathalie Issa) and her sister Sara Mardini (Manal Issa) as they leave their wartorn home of Syria and attempt to make their way to Berlin, is absolutely a harrowing story worthy of being told. But co-writer and director Sally El Hosaini and co-writer Jack Thorne zap The Swimmers of its urgency and power with an almost two-and-a-half hour runtime and
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