Swimming Upstream (2003)

Director


Main cast
Geoffrey Rush; Judy Davis; Jesse Spencer

Genres
Drama

Description
A young man aspiring for recognition of his talents battles against his estranged father's sentiment towards him as the father deals with his own demons.


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