OVER THE LIMIT Unclassified 18+
"To call it the Black Swan of sports documentaries only partly conveys the intensity of this mesmerizing portrait of rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun … it’s impossible to turn away from the film’s whipcrack construction and expert manipulation of perspective." – Variety
In the lead-up to the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympic Games, documentarian Marta Prus received permission to follow world champion Russian gymnast Margarita Mamun as she prepared for her Olympic swansong. Over the course of the next two months, Prus witnessed a young woman being pushed to her absolute limits, shaped and then broken by the unbearable pressure cooker that is the Russian sporting system.
With unbelievable access and featuring a cast of characters straight out of fiction – Irina Viner-Usamova, the head of the Russian gymnastics team, is Alison Janney from I, Tonya come to life – Over the Limit is an audacious and enthralling feature documentary debut from a remarkable new voice in European cinema.
"Marta Prus does for rhythmic gymnastics what Damien Chazelle did for drumming in Whiplash … a reminder that in cinema, just like in gymnastics, a dramatic finish can make all the difference." – Hollywood Reporter
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