Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
The actors are terrific, the story is both true and inspirational. I was very moved by the movie. There is a very surprise ending after the ending that brings the whole movie together. Although at times, it seems a little sappy and predictable, sports films are always based on terrible players doing terrific things. Four Japanese girls, 3 totally inept at the sport, come together to form a curling team in Northern Japan. The town is famous for scallops and curling, and peoples' status in this little fishing village is based on their curling abilities. The girls do little, until a seemingly inept coach teaches them about the game, and about themselves. In the end, they pull it all together to become an adequate team. In the process, they discover the true meaning of friendship, effort, shame and puppy love. Definitely a movie the whole family can enjoy as well. 10 out of 10
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