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Movie Info

A volleyball team in Norway, made up of women ages 66-98, prepares for its first match after 30 years of practice.

Cast & Crew

Lillemor Berthelsen
Aase-Marit Børke
Eldbjørg Grøttum
Gunhild Magnor
Director
Gunhild Magnor
Writer
Stina Gardell
Co-Producer
Ingunn Knudsen
Producer
Hilde Skofteland
Executive Producer
Stefan Nilsson
Music
Gunhild Magnor
Cinematographer
Robert V. Steng
Film Editor
Robert Stengård
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Critic Reviews for The Optimists

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (1)

  • The screenplay is blunt and to the point, and the performances are subtly tinged with a surreal comic edge.

    July 27, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • This autumnal statement compensates for its fixed despair with bracing wit and a willingness to see acceptance of misery as the best of all possible options.

    July 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • These five stories set in post-Milosevic Serbia are unrelated beyond their general air of disillusionment, providing little satisfaction individually or as a whole.

    September 18, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Optimists

  • Aug 07, 2013
    Goran Paskaljevic is a well known name as one of the best directors from the Balkan. He directed this movie, which is presented as five unrelated narrative sequences, inspired by my favourite writer of all times - Voltaire, especially his satirical work Candide. The Optimists features an impressive cast from this part of the world, and one of the best of them - Lazar Ristovski - is appearing in all five storylines. This film premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and was subsequently screened at several other film festivals earning multiple awards. Ristovski was named Best Actor at the 51st Valladolid International Film Festival while the film won the Golden Spike award as the best film of the festival also earning the Youth Jury Award. The Optimists was included as part of a retrospective exhibition on director Goran Paskaljevic at the Museum of Modern Art in 2008 which is undoubtedly telling us about the real value in it - and I won't question that - I'll confirm that it was smart, deep, multilayered and thoughtful work of real art with lots of black comedy in it even in the most emotional parts of the drama. My only problem with this movie is that there is no divide between the stories, and having the same main lead in all of them contributed to the confusion during the first few minutes of the new story which took out a little of the appeal for me. There is a little bit of gloominess in all of the situations presented in the stories but it was so good to see that a director is able to pronounce his compassion as well as his sarcasm. Paskaljevic has sympathy for his characters and that was evident as was his derision for them! I would do something with this movie - maybe give hope with a quote after each part instead of deadending every single one when situations have achieved their equilibrium of hopelessness and defeat. But, life in that part of the world seems like a dead end most of the time - hopelessness could be a wilful choice of the director.
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