Some movies, we feel for the characters. We connect with their situations and emotions. Others we want to scream at the screen and say "stop messing up your life, It’s your fault." "Submerge" is the latter and trust me, it’s not a bad thing.
Set in present day Australia at a coastal university, this coming of age drama tells the story of Jordan (Lily Hall), a student trying to cope with the pressures of her life that seem suddenly to swallow her whole.
Jordan, a competitive swimmer, is working to achieve pefection. A few things stand in her way, a mysterious shoulder injury, an overbearing mother who puts most stage moms to shame, her bisexual friend and roommate Lucas (Kevin Dee), and a blossoming affair with her professor’s assistant, Angie (Christina Hallett), who also happens to be her professor’s girlfriend.
Sexual tensions erupt when Jordan and Angie hook up. Jordan after all is working on a special project for Angie’s boyfriend. Talk about drama and stress.
In addition to her complicated romantic life, Jordan’s mom is constantly berating her swimming ability. "We both know you can do better!" states her mom, clearly a sentence no one wants to hear from his or her mom.
As the pressures mount for Jordan, and with the realization that she is trying to please everyone, she becomes submerged and overwhelmed. She manages to find a way to cope with the tension at a fetish club and with a little help from blow and booze.
More rigid audience members may loose sympathy for Jordan when she goes on a bender the night before she has an important athletic event. First time director Sophie O’Connor successfully captures youth and irresponsibility in a film that is as much a commentary on Gen Y as it is on coping mechanisms.
I must apologize for the following sentence in advance, but the actors do look a little old for Generation Y. Again I am terribly sorry for that observation. Despite that, Hall and Dee portray the "have it all" attitude that is stereotypically part of my generation.
Some events in the film are implied while some events are dragged out. The saving grace is the soundtrack featuring many artists from Australia and New Zealand.
Overall "Submerge" is a decent film. It has sex, drugs, and a plotline that gives audience members something to think about.
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