Ping Pong (2012)
Average Rating: 6.9/10
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Les D'Arcy is a living legend. At 89 years old, he's obviously not received the memo about slowing down, and is going for gold, literally. He's headed to China to compete in the over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. A seven time world champion, he still lifts weights to train -- something he's been doing for decades, after surviving a sickly childhood. Of course, compared to some, Les is a spring chicken. Australian legend Dorothy deLow is 100, and finds herself a mega celebrity
Director Hugh Hartford skillfully documents each person's past and present.
A charming and even inspirational doc that follows eight medal-winning veterans of the sport on their way to and through the 15th annual World over-80s Table Tennis Championship.
Certainly the feelgood factor is in effect here; but the film doesn't really distinguish itself within the genre.
The doughty spirit of D'Arcy and Donlon shines through, as they keep on defying the odds to play another day.
Strong characters, great access and a firm grip on story arc. Smashing, indeed.
A hugely enjoyable addition to the heartwarming competition-based documentary genre, with likeable characters, suspenseful competition sequences, a great soundtrack and an uplifting central message.
A cute precursor to this summer's Games that doesn't quite warrant a theatrical release.
Ping Pong makes a firm case that a strong spirit will aid your longevity. It is a documentary both irreverently funny and deeply affecting.
The sight of this elderly bunch hobbling around the table may well make you laugh, but the passion with which they play each game as if it might (and probably will) be their last will also make you cry.
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