YOUNG WOMAN AND THE SEA – Review by Diane Carson

Young Woman and the Sea profiles the great Trudy Ederle. Based on an inspirational true story, Norwegian director Joachim Rønning’s Young Woman and the Sea chronicles American swimmer Trudy Ederle who, in 1926, became the first woman to swim the twenty-one mile English Channel from Cape Gris-Nez, France, to Kingsdown, Kent. Based on Glenn Stout’s book, the story begins in 1914 New York with the General Slocum steamship fire.

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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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