White Palms (Widescreen Edition)
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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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A great drama movie. If you are thinking about showing it to you children I would strongly recommend to watch it alone first to decide is it appropriate or not.Published 21 months ago by Alexander Kalin
I purchased this in hopes of showing it to some gymnasts. The story is difficult to watch and has too many bad words to show to any child. Very disappointed.Published on January 10, 2014 by Heidi Lewis