Free-diving under The Big Blue

Right before the weekend begins I have to share two breathtaking (fiction) films. I came across this first one tonight: French world champion free-diver, Guillaume Nery. In this film you can see he is free-diving at Dean’s Blue Hole – the world’s second deepest blue hole. “It plunges 202 metres (663 ft) in a bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas”. All the shots were made on breath hold by Julie Gautier. Edited by BLUENERY  Music by ARCHIVE: You make me feel. For more information on the free-diver or the film…: Guillaume Nery

Watching this video makes me feel like a little fish on land. It makes me long for deep water, crystal clear water and the movement of the surf. I admire free-divers, the ability to dive great depth on a single breath – and the art to do it so elegantly. I honestly can’t think of any other skill, sport I would love to be able to experience, like free-diving. It’s crazy and beautiful and so mesmerizing …but  it doesn’t at all look easy.


Did you ever see the film THE BIG BLUE (Le Grand Bleu) Directed by French director, Luc Besson. It depicts the friendship of two free-divers, the French man, Gorgeous Jacques and his friendly rival with the Italian funny man, Enzo. Of course there’s a love story to it, which I don’t mind, and it’s a sweet story…though the highlight of the films is that it involves lots of swimming in the sea with bottlenose dolphins

I have lost count on how manytimes I’ve seen this cult movie. I think one of my brothers introduced me to this film but somehow we missed it on the big screen. So come to think of it, it would be very special to see on a big screen. It came out in the late 1988. I would have been in primary school back then …T he cinematography is superb with such breathless scenes. The soundtrack is just as good!. The music by Eric Serra in the film is magical – it fits so perfectly with the underwater shots. It’s very moving and hypnotizing to watch – the underwater scenes make you feel like you are floating, swimming in the deep-sea … I really love long distance swimming in the sea. Back home in Sydney we have ocean pools everywhere – there is no need to spend your money and go to a cramped indoor swimming pool. When the surf was flat I would swim far out into the back of the sea – not too far away from the shore – just enough to feel like you’re alone in the world … the surroundings would become so peaceful. The only sound i would hear is the strokes I would make – the water splashing.  Anyway, I could go on forever here, on how GOOD the film is. Here is the beginning scene of film … maybe you too might want to check it out. Make sure you SEE the Europe version. I strongly recommend that. I actually didn’t know but there was an American version, which is so nonsense in the first place … don’t need to go there, let’s just stick to the original film.

1 comment
  1. I cannot believe that this can be true

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