White Palms


White Palms

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Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, champion Hungarian gymnast Miklos moves to Canada years later in search of a new start--only to find himself unwittingly perpetuating the very same cycle of abuse among his own pupils. Redemption appears in the unlikely form of Kyle, a troubled, young Canadian teen with the potential to become a world champion. The friendship and rivalry between teacher and student--each played by actual gymnasts--forms the basis of this gripping, resonant sports drama.


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  • Far from the uplifting sports pictures churned out by Disney, White Palms wallows instead in humiliation rituals, psychic scars and too much time-shifting.

    Jun 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • The term 'sports film' doesn't do justice to White Palms, a punishing, beautiful drama about a troubled 30-something Hungarian gymnast.

    Jun 20, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • The more riveting, grim storyline ... is seen in flashback to the early 1980s, as tween Miklos lives like his parents' show pony in an anxiety nightmare of nonstop humiliation, heightened here through haunting soundscapes.

    Jun 20, 2007 | Full Review…
  • An uncommonly resonant sports drama in which a talented yet troubled gymnast comes to terms with a turbulent past, White Palms proves a distinctive and absorbing third feature by Szabolcs Hajdu.

    Jun 19, 2007 | Full Review…

    Eddie Cockrell

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  • Striking, deeply felt drama.

    Nov 9, 2006
  • Delivers all the familiar pleasures of a based-on-a-true-story sports drama.

    Sep 23, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
    Globe and Mail
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