Headstrong New Zealand teen Alex Archer trains to qualify for the 1960 Rome Olympics in the women's 100 freestyle. Unlike the other top swimmers who train only for swimming, Alex takes ... See full summary »
Headstrong New Zealand teen Alex Archer trains to qualify for the 1960 Rome Olympics in the women's 100 freestyle. Unlike the other top swimmers who train only for swimming, Alex takes piano and ballet lessons to go with a full school workload. To make the Olympics, her ultimate dream, she must not only overcome a formidable foe, but also the death of her boyfriend. Written by
Jerry Milani <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The story was good. The acting was stiff. But the photography was amazing. I happened to see this movie at the height of the "shaky handheld telephoto camera" and "95% blurred frame" trends of the mid 1990s. The director of "Alex" was apparently a firm believer in the locked-down, carefully-aimed camera approach. It was eerie to see shot after perfectly composed shot with every detail in sharp focus. It was like viewing a presentation of Kodachrome 64 slides. The film's flawlessly lit clarity and steadiness served to enhance the dramatic tension felt by the characters. Alex, somewhat of a rebel, stood in contrast to her exceedingly conventional cinematic world. I would like to see it again and experience the quiet heights of artificiality.
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