White Palms
White Palms (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 20, 2007
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out

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

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Eddie Cockrell

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.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

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.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

The term 'sports film' doesn't do justice to White Palms, a punishing, beautiful drama about a troubled 30-something Hungarian gymnast.

Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

Striking, deeply felt drama.

S. James Wegg

Szabolcs Hajdu's White Palms gives more pleasure than ... a three-ring circus ...

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

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.

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Globe and Mail

Delivers all the familiar pleasures of a based-on-a-true-story sports drama.

Boyd van Hoeij

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.

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