Cold? Uncomfortable? Exhausting? Absolutely. But for Kate Rew and Kari Furre, the founders of The Outdoor Swimming Society, cold water swimming brings life into sharp focus, offering a taste of the sublime. This film follows the women as they plunge into the darkly beautiful lochs of the UK, overcoming fear and discomfort as they mine the allure of freeform swimming.
The human brain and heart are composed almost three-quarters of water. In the case of Mike deGruy, that percentage had to be higher. Water, and specifically the water of lakes, rivers, estuaries and oceans, filled his heart and brain to the brim. Virtually everything that inspired and impassioned him traced back to water. And especially, to the ocean. A pioneering ocean explorer, ocean cinematographer and charismatic ocean spokesperson, deGruy brought unbridled joy and excitement to his work. Some of the metaphors used to describe deGruy in this rich bio-doc, directed by his wife, sum him up well. He was potassium in water (explosively effervescent for you non-science nerds), and a human exclamation point! Later in life, as he came to understand the ocean more deeply, deGruy became most staunchly its defender, its truthsayer. He became, metaphorically, a deep ocean vent.