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White Palms (Widescreen Edition)

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, champion Hungarian gymnast Miklos moves to Canada years later in search of a new start, only to find himself unwittingly perpetuating the very same cycle of abuse among his own pupils. Redemption appears in the unlikely form of Kyle, a troubled, young Canadian teen with the potential to become a world champion. The friendship and rivalry between teacher and student each played by actual gymnasts (one, Kyle Shewfelt, an Olympic medallist) forms the basis of this gripping, resonant sports drama. Beautifully shot and edited, effortlessly evoking its respective time-periods, and through them, the clash of different cultures and values, WHITE PALMS made its international premiere in Directors Fortnight at Cannes.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Orion Radies, Silas Radies, Zoltán Miklos Hajdu, Gheorghe Dinica
  • Directors: Szabolcs Hajdu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Hungarian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TXP53K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,719 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "White Palms (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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I consider this film to be a masterpiece that cuts to the core of what happens to athletes from the old eastern european block. The bleakness of of their childhood, gyms that are unsanitary and coaches that are borderline sadistic, public housing that is as depressing as any low income public housing in the US.

Young talent is brainwashed, often abused and their physical limits are tested to the core. What happens to a person who is raised in such environment? What is their parents never learn or wanted to learn about the methods used by their children's coaches in creating champions? And what is such champion to do once their (competitive) career is over?

Main character of this movie is a gymnastic protege Dongo. He is a good kid, physically and verbally abused by his coach, used as a prop by his parents. After fall of the government sponsored sports gyms, he finds his way to Canada hoping to teach young kids. But he is not cut out for that. Even when he means good, his actions are of kind he learned from his own experiences. And when such actions collide with Western culture and mentality does this young man has a second chance?

One does not have to be gymnastics fan to like this movie. But if one is, then the scenes of practice and competition is pure bonus. The actor in the main role of Dongo (Zoltan Miklos Hajdu) is director's brother who is a professional gymnast. That fact alone gives this film a whole new dimension.

Rimsky-Korsakov's musical score used in this film is greatly appropriate and it adds power to the story.
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If you love gymnastics, you must watch this movie. You'll understand why some trainers are like they are. I recommend it.
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Great piece of artistic cinema. My family was taken by the honesty and personal nature of the characters. It was great!
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