White Palms

3 out of 5 stars
Far from the uplifting sports pictures churned out by Disney, White Palms wallows instead in humiliation rituals, psychic scars and too much time-shifting. Writer-director Szabolcs Hajdu cast his brother Zoltan as the washed-up gymnast haunted by his days training as a tyke in ’80s Budapest, now coaching a recalcitrant teen in Calgary. But how’s this for humiliating: Those who can’t dismount perfectly end up in rehearsals for Cirque du Soleil.


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