Over the Limit
Documentary following a Russian gymnast across the intense years that lead up to her make-it-or-break-it moment: the Olympics.
"As a highflier in the athletics world, much is expected of teenager Margarita Mamun. She’s subjected to a mind-numbing training routine of ball, ribbon, baton and hoop. Keeping her hard at work are two intimidating women: her personal trainer, former competitor Amina Zaripova, and head coach Irina Viner-Usmanova (who happens to be married to a Russian multi-billionaire).
"The duo are formidable: one endlessly critical, the other caring but duplicitous. Margarita brushes away determined, angry tears as she’s endlessly berated and belittled. As the Olympics approach, and her teenage years are about to end, the star rhythmic gymnast must face up to the ultimate sporting challenge, and the future." (Sydney Film Festival)