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½ May 14, 2012
Brilliant drama about... determination, fighting obstacles and self-respect.
½ July 12, 2009
Easily overlooked as "just another sports film" with a typical training montage, this Hungarian drama hits the right emotional spots as it inter cuts between two eras and continents as the past affects the story-present. The past consists of a riveting childhood sequence of lead character Miklos under a scary and sadistic coach as he trains to be a gymnast under his parents' wishes.

Though obviously culminating at a major sports competition, the intercutting of Miklos running away to be in a circus trouple as an adolescent results in a nail-biting and heartfelt ending that evokes the balance of artistry and emotional impact.
February 27, 2009
European films just have their own unique color palette. I love the cinematography and art direction ( at least during the childhood segment). The sparse soundtrack and close-ups achieve to bring out the lost childhood that dongo goes through. It makes his achievement in the end all the more rewarding. At some points the movie reminds me of a nightmare..not a bad one but one we cant help revisiting.
February 22, 2009
nice flim but abit draggy.... (guess im running out of patience for draggy movies! ha!) unique way of presenting e storyline with memories of e past but sounds of e present...
February 5, 2009
Interesting story and a breathtaking end but the camera moving got my eyes tired...
½ November 11, 2008
a good film about gymnasts-how they are trained-now and then, here and there...also gives clues about the families and education system in Hungary in those times.
August 8, 2008
Very catchy true story of a Hungarian gymnast.
January 22, 2008
OMG!!! I luved this movie. it was amazing! the radies brothers r just sooo cute!!!!
January 9, 2008
A very good film if you're into gymnastics. The scenes pertaining directly to the sport, particularly the flashback sequences, are captivating, but once we wander away from Dongo's childhood, the film seems to become a bit contrived.
½ December 25, 2007
J'ai vu un film hongrois pour ne pas faillir a ma reputation, Les Paumes blanches, c'est le titre. Plus precisement hongro-canadien, a moins que ca ne soit canado-hongrois. Ca parle de la gymnastique comme sport et religion d'Etat dans les anciens pays du bloc sovietique, le corps comme ideologie nationale, et puis ca part un peu en saucisse (de Toulouse) sur la fin, mais j'ai cru comprendre que le cirque (= l'ecole de la realisation de la prouesse sans recherche de la perfection technique), c'etait aussi pas mal, voire qu'il etait acceptable que les gymnastes se reconvertissent dans le Cirque du Soleil, qui coproduit le film, parce que c'est l'etablissement circassien fusionnant l'ideologie de la gymnastique et l'ecrin du cirque traditionnel. Plus les gros dollars et les cigares du fondateur Guy Laliberte qui est a l'acrobatie en groupe ce que Sarkozy est aux top models et Bartabas aux chevaux. Un petit totem, mais un totem tout de meme.
½ December 7, 2007
Cool documovie. Little bit of Eastern-Europe culture kicks in.
½ November 26, 2007
le monde de la gymnastique dans l'ancienne hongrie communiste, on prend une baffe
October 30, 2007
and here!
the time arrived!
this is the film about gymnastic.
it is a very closed world but u can C now what it is.
the film shows a lil bit more like the reality but doesnt matter.
got it!check it!feel it!
and dont try it XD
August 31, 2007
By no means perfect, but found it a thoroughly absorbing insight into the gymnastics world - both contemporary western and old-school Eastern bloc. Some very nice hairy-chested totty and a chastening demonstration of what great physical shape a man can be in at circa 40.
July 23, 2007
I hope that it is good
June 22, 2007
Too many Cold War era dinosaur movies out there now. Foreign film writers/directors need to lighten up a tad. Roberto Bennini did up "Life Is Beautfiul" quite masterfully! "Life" had the right blend of dark comedy and historical/social commentary all done up nicely.
June 18, 2007
gymnastics....I don't think so
June 18, 2007
i dont now wat it is
February 6, 2007
with OANA PELLEA and GHEORGHE DINICA ....romanian !!
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