Palio (2015)

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With breathtaking cinematography, director Cosima Spender's enthralling documentary captures the intensity of world's oldest horse race.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

The interview subjects aren't particularly eloquent, though; they tend to stop the movie dead in its tracks.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

[A] fascinating documentary ...

Jan 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As dramatically satisfying as the most crowd-pleasing scripted sports saga.

Nov 6, 2015 | Full Review…
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Despite its oversights, the film - shot and scored beautifully - is an enthusiastic introduction to this delirious event and its peposo of passion, style and intrigue.

Nov 6, 2015 | Full Review…

While Spender spends enough time with both new and retired jockey legends to collect a gold mine of macho, bullheaded rapport, you wish she delved deeper into the more sinister, behind-the-scenes wheelings and dealings.

Nov 3, 2015 | Full Review…

If the film is understandably intoxicated by the multi-coloured spectacle on offer, it's under no illusions as to the insidious corruption and insane brutality unleashed on the path to the prize.

Sep 29, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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