Olga

critic Reviews

, 90% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Dmitry SamarovChicago Reader
    A skillful but flawed portrait of amateur sports on the global stage that doesn’t quite stick the landing.
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    Peter DebrugeVariety
    Even before Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion, "Olga" was an incredibly strong film, but now, the Kino Lorber release should be considered essential viewing for art-house audiences.
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    Katie WalshTheWrap
    Could be appropriately paired with Lauren Hadaway’s “The Novice” or Charlène Favier’s “Slalom”&#59; all three are tough indie films about the dark side of women’s sports, athletes pushing their bodies in an attempt to exercise, or exorcise, something bigger.
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    Austin ConsidineNew York Times
    It matters little now whether Grappe meant to examine the consequences of Western complacency toward democracy’s enemies. Here we are, and here is this quietly poignant film, a heartbreaking reminder of the cost in individual lives and dreams.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    Shot with a documentary-style naturalism and propulsive restlessness that mirrors Olga’s ferocious drive, this is a terrific, timely feature debut.
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    Leslie FelperinFinancial Times
    Grappe studied classical music to a high standard before switching to film-making, and he evokes here the monomaniacal focus required to excel in either music or sports...
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    Amber WilkinsonEye for Film
    The first-time director shows an adept grip when it comes to the rhythms of her craft, letting silence or specific sounds break out at unexpected moments, including a gripping scene when all we can hear is the spring and creak of the uneven bars.
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    Michael J. CaseyBoulder Weekly
    It might be impossible to watch the events unfolding in "Olga" and not think of the war currently underway in Kyiv.
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    Jared MobarakThe Film Stage
    This is a political film. While Olga's pursuit of her Olympic dream is often narratively truncated, what it means to be in Switzerland while her loved ones remain in Kyiv risking their lives at the protests isn't.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    It's a finely crafted feature debut for Switzerland-based filmmaker Elie Grappe.
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