Ping Pong (2012)
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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 in this rarefied world. She'd better watch out though -- Texan Lisa Modlich is fifteen years her junior and is determined to do what it takes to win her first gold. … More
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Critic Reviews for Ping Pong
A rousing documentary that pays tribute to the grit of male and female competitors in the over-80 World Table Tennis Championships.
Uplifting in all senses - it'll propel you off the couch to get busy living too.
The actual matches themselves, as they approach the Finals and still contain some of our characters, become really quite exciting.
Terrific, uplifting, often raw and frequently funny...If the film has a theme, it's how the ageing process can often afflict the body far more than it does the mind.
With lively, skilfully intimate camerawork and sparky editing, the film captures the players' personalities and the energy of the matches.
By briefly profiling each, the filmmakers ensure we care about them all; they are not treated as some sort of novelty act for the sake of the camera, and this is what makes the film a standout
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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