Against The Current

Synopsis: Struggling with a tragic past, a man with an urgent calling enlists two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Peter Callahan
Production: Sundance Selects
  1 win.
98 min



Good morning.


You sleep all right?



Not really.

Ah... There's more Cokes,

and l could get you a coffee if you'd like.

Want to go for some pancakes or something?

l'm totally starving.

Actually, l already had one of those...

Maybe l should get going, anyway.

l gotta take care of some stuff.



What the hell do you want?

An incredibly complicated

and elaborate drink

that takes you about 10 minutes to make.

Then l'd like to complain about

how there's no alcohol in it.

That's our best seller.

You want a massage

and manual release with that?

Maybe later.

l wanted to ask you something.


You have any plans

for the next month or so?

You mean other than going on auditions that

will lead nowhere and babysitting drunks?

l want to do the river swim.

What river swim?

The river swim, the one l've been

talking about since high school,

the entire length of the lower Hudson,

all the way from Troy

to the Verrazano Bridge, 150 miles.


Just because.

-Just because?


You accompany me in a boat,

like we talked about.

What do you say?

Not many people have swam the whole river.

Not many people have dug up

Babe Ruth and driven around

with his skeleton in their car either,

which was another idea

that we had one drunken night.

l know, but l mean it.

l want to swim the river.

We can leave Monday

and be back by the 28th.

Why now?

Why not?

Sarah's not going to like it.



Liz... Hi. You remember Paul.

Sure. You're a financial writer or something?

Or something, right. And you waitressed

here a couple of summers ago.

Never again.

A sentiment shared by the management.

l wasn't that bad.

Nor were you any good.

You're actually a teacher, right?


For retarded kids or something.

No, regular ones.

Oh. Don't know where l got that.

May l have a very strong

vodka and soda, please, Jeff?

One Alcoholic's Special coming up.

So, what are you boys up to tonight?

Talking about 19-year-old girls

with big tits or something?

Maybe. What's it to you?

Actually, it looks like

we're going on a swimming trip.

A swimming trip?

-Thank you.


Paul's gonna swim the entire length

of the Hudson River.

Why would you do that?

Why do people climb Everest?

Most people don't.

l didn't realize you were a big-time swimmer.

l'm not. It's iust an idea l had long ago

and it's just kind of stayed with me,

to swim all the way down the river

to where it meets the ocean.

Don't you think you'd get a little pooped?


l don't swim it all at once.

lt's more a psychological challenge

than a physical one.

Anyone could do it if they wanted to.

Totally eccentric, l like it.

Then come with us.

-Right, right.


Or just go instead of me.

Come on.

You're asking me to take a couple weeks off

and drive a boat,

slowly, down the Hudson river

while you're in the water all day?

lf she wants to come, thank God.

lt'll give me someone

to make fun of you with to pass the time.

Well, l don't want to interfere if it's gonna...

If it's some sort of male bonding thing.

Please. If we were any more bonded,

we'd be 69-ing each other.

-You should come with us.

-l actually could come.

l don't start school till after Labor Day.

We could spend a night at my mom's house

in Rhinebeck,

along the way, if you want. Free beds.

See? She's from the Hudson Valley, too.

She's one of us.

l'm not sure.

What kind of bathing suits do you have?

'Cause we usually wear a two-piece.

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Peter Callahan

Peter Wirtz Callahan (born June 1, 1991) is a Belgian-American middle-distance runner who competed for Belgium at the 2016 European Athletics Championships. In the course of his collegiate career, he first studied and ran at Princeton University before going to University of New Mexico. more…

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