Fair Play Reviews

  • Byron B Super Reviewer
    Mar 25, 2015

    I saw this at the 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival. Czechoslovakia in the 1980s does not look so far in the past. Young Anna (Judit Bárdos) trains and competes to join in the Olympic Games from behind the Iron Curtain. She is pressured to take steroids to maintain an edge in competition. Her mother, Irena, was also an Olympic hopeful in gymnastics, so Irena knows of the "sacrifices" made to win as well as the risky opportunity that getting out of the country for the games presents for escaping the country permanently. There are many murky ethical considerations between daughter, mother (Geislerová), and track coach (Luknár). The right thing to do is not as clear as you might think when seeing the advantages and costs granted to those choosing to cheat and those trying to play fair. Young love, an absent father, who has already broke free of the Iron Curtain, and suspicious government agents complicate matters further. The cast is strong overall, however, Judit as Anna was a bit too bland. True she is a focused athlete, but I found myself wishing she showed more passion for something.

    I saw this at the 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival. Czechoslovakia in the 1980s does not look so far in the past. Young Anna (Judit Bárdos) trains and competes to join in the Olympic Games from behind the Iron Curtain. She is pressured to take steroids to maintain an edge in competition. Her mother, Irena, was also an Olympic hopeful in gymnastics, so Irena knows of the "sacrifices" made to win as well as the risky opportunity that getting out of the country for the games presents for escaping the country permanently. There are many murky ethical considerations between daughter, mother (Geislerová), and track coach (Luknár). The right thing to do is not as clear as you might think when seeing the advantages and costs granted to those choosing to cheat and those trying to play fair. Young love, an absent father, who has already broke free of the Iron Curtain, and suspicious government agents complicate matters further. The cast is strong overall, however, Judit as Anna was a bit too bland. True she is a focused athlete, but I found myself wishing she showed more passion for something.

  • Mar 21, 2015

    Film that portrays the dictatorship, the struggle against the USA and the Russian communism on the prospect of an athlete who is preparing for the Olympics. A film that shows that the war against the USA, anything goes, to dope his athletes to turn them into machines. Although well directed and with good performances, the script is very weak and unpretentious. Median film.

    Film that portrays the dictatorship, the struggle against the USA and the Russian communism on the prospect of an athlete who is preparing for the Olympics. A film that shows that the war against the USA, anything goes, to dope his athletes to turn them into machines. Although well directed and with good performances, the script is very weak and unpretentious. Median film.