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Atletu (The Athlete)

Atletu (The Athlete) (2009)

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The inspiring true story of an Olympic champion who is faced with a new challenge provides the basis for this drama from filmmakers Rasselas Lakew and Davey Frankel. Abebe Bikila (Rasselas Lakew) was a world-class distance runner from Ethiopia who became the first African to win a gold medal in the Olympics when he came in first in the Marathon during the 1960 games in Rome -- while running in his bare feet. Bikila then repeated the feat at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, making him the first marathon

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There are perhaps two better films lurking within "Atletu," one a more straightforward documentary and the other a narrative biopic, but this hybrid falls flat.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This is an ambitious and brave project which, if it doesn't quite reach the heights it might, is still a worthwhile watch and bodes well for both filmmakers in future.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Told through reconstruction and archive footage, the story of Ethiopian marathon legend Abebe Bikila can't muster the drama it deserves.

July 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The essential simplicity of this tale about a true hero is often very moving.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It's a blend of documentary and drama, but while the archive clips of Bikila's victories are thrilling, the performances are flat and the script tired.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

You feel that Bikila's admittedly amazing story would've been better transmitted through straight documentary or straight drama, not an uneasy bowlderisation of both.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Effective at studying a physical specimen, but as an examination of a man in terms of what he means to his family and his country, the context is fatally scarce.

June 25, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
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