White Palms (Feher Tenyer)
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Far from the uplifting sports pictures churned out by Disney, White Palms wallows instead in humiliation rituals, psychic scars and too much time-shifting."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"A sneaky delight that glides effortlessly between the past and present without a single detour into either the uplifting clichés of American sports movies or the creepy voyeurism that sometimes attends films about young, well-built athletes."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The term 'sports film' doesn't do justice to White Palms, a punishing, beautiful drama about a troubled 30-something Hungarian gymnast."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"Striking, deeply felt drama."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"Szabolcs Hajdu's White Palms gives more pleasure than ... a three-ring circus ..."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"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."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Delivers all the familiar pleasures of a based-on-a-true-story sports drama."
‑ , Globe and Mail
"An exhilarating, formally exciting sports drama as well as a telling look at North American society as experienced by someone who grew up behind the iron curtain."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
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