Strong Shoulders
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Sabine (Louise Szpindel) is a high-school athlete. "I live to run," she tells her friends, and it appears to be true. She's maniacally devoted to running track, despite the benign disinterest of her mother (Anne Coesens). Training for a big meet, Sabine is determined, not just to run fast, but to be the fastest runner in the world. She resents the fact that her coach, Gelewski (Jean-François Stévenin of The Man on the Train), concerned about her development as an athlete, doesn't want her to run on the weekends. She's also argues with Gelewski because he won't let her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In this dazzling and minimalist drama, the director Ursula Meier has created an unforgettable portrait of a young woman desperate to prove she's as good as any man."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"Reveals the dangers of obsession in the life of a female athlete who only wants to win."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"As the sullen, driven heroine, Louise Szpindel delivers an intense and ferociously focused performance."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"Isn't so much about athletics as about ... discovering a pursuit in life that makes it worth living."
‑ George Wu,
"Unlike an American, this Swiss girl is worried that her breasts are too big and her thighs are too small. And as for boys - well, she's mostly interested in outrunning them."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
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