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More analytically inclined will be suspicious of the degree of contrivance involved and the stylistic idealization of Third World poverty.
I found the film engrossing, missing only the opportunity to spend more time with the mechanics of distance training and, perhaps through that, to learn how Gebrselassie became the world's best at what he does.
Its mixture of biographical hype and social studies quickly curdles.
A solid dramatized biography of Gebrselassie, and much of it features the somewhat introspective runner with a sunny smile.
He didn't come from a background of training, coaching and determination, but from the rural hills, where we see him running to school, running to the water well, running to the fields, always with that stoic thrumming of his breath.
Interesting on many levels, but doesn't quite show the passion of the human body like Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia or the thrill of the race like the recent Children of Heaven.
I've seen Olympic TV profile segments that probe deeper than Endurance.
Without looking away from the unhappy circumstances in which many Africans live today, it contrasts the community's material poverty with its spiritual richness,and suggests this may be one of the great lessons that Africa has to teach the West.
A very special sports drama about the drive, determination and grace of an African athlete who is a hero to young black boys around the world
The Olympics sequences are almost completely devoid of drama, and the script never quite makes it clear exactly why he's regarded as being such a special athlete.
It has neither the compelling authenticity of cinema verite nor the dramatic punch of artful fiction.
We leave the film having learned very little, other than that this exceptional long distance runner is certainly quite an athlete.
Endurance, a rare and interesting film about Haile Gebrselassie.
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