YOUNG WOMAN AND THE SEA – Review by Diane Carson

Young Woman and the Sea profiles the great Trudy Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel. Several complications, not revealed here, keep suspense in play. However, the film consistently shows its Disney pedigree, meaning there’s no subtlety or moral ambiguity. To its credit, it does expose the appalling sexism of women’s place in sport competition as well as social dictates for 1920s women, including arranged marriages in the Ederle home. The working class tenement does have a palpable presence.

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