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Just viewed this at the Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, N.B. within the past week ! Man, this film has layer after layer of plot ... it is precisely the kind of film that one can undoubtedly view again and again and take something different away following each viewing. And, I know from others who attended the screening that empathy with the leading characters may vary by gender of the viewer with each being completely moved by the shear honesty of the film , albeit form differing perspectives. Road To Victory tells it like it is ... and it is the very kind of current and relative story that Needs to be told in an honest an exposed manner. It honors the Healing Power of Vulnerability !
I love chick flicks, and I don't apologize. So, I thought this would be
a great way to break in my new boyfriend at the Sac Film and Music
festival. However, this time, I didn't have to listen to him complain
about the fact that I'd made him sit through a "chick flick." Instead,
the contents of the movie lead to a rather honest discussion about our
past relationships. In particular, some of the things that we'd said to
someone we cared about that we wished we hadn't, and some of the things
that had been said to us that we wish someone else hadn't.
I think what this movie really captured was the level of honesty so many "real-life" couples claim that they want. But the movie really did a good job of showing how damaging it can actually be to someone you care about if you just speak your mind, because the fact is that no-one is perfect, and if you decide to hammer on someone for their flaws, it's only a matter of time before they throw yours right back in your face.
This movie was different, in that the couple was drawn together by pain, and not some stupid Hollywood cute moment or childhood dream of Mr. or Ms. Perfect. It was something I could relate to, and it made me empathize with these messed up characters in messed up circumstances much more than the most of the chick flicks I usually love so much. I constantly wanted to believe that if i was in these characters circumstances that I would do a better job of handling it, but when my boyfriend and I started talking about the film afterward, we both started defending the other character's actions, him the male lead, and me the female lead, and I really had to wonder if I really would have reacted differently than these characters.
I dunno...I enjoyed this movie, but even more so, it really made me think. It's one of the few chick flicks that's for both girls and guys.
So many times I force my husband to sit through a "chick" flick, and he
just rolls his eyes. Sometimes, if it's funny, he'll laugh a little.
But I think this is the only relationship film that he and I have ever watched together that we both enjoyed. And that is why I'm giving the film 10 out of 10, because it has appeal to both men and woman equally.
Nearly every dynamic in the film is affected by gender, and the movie manages to do this without being sexist.
I empathized with Anna's character because I could understand that she wasn't mean, but just insecure.
My husband on the other hand, felt a deep bond with Elliot's character, because he could empathize with his vulnerability.
This is a fantastic date movie. You will walk out of this movie with your date, and talk about it afterwards, and the subject matter is such, that those talks will definitely tell you something about the person your dating.
Seriously, I've been going to festivals for years, and more times than
not what I have been subjected to lately is complete crap.
Road To Victory however, has true substance. Really, it's everything that we used to think of when it came to independent film: smart script, good acting, and aptly shot. And the subject matter of drug use in sport, along with the social commentary on medicine could not be more timely. We used to rely on independent film to tackle these subjects, so it is great to see that some filmmakers are still trying to do some good with their work.
The trend of film festivals lately seems to be a name actor, or a gimmick, attached to a laurel leaf. Many festivals are starting to become the exact thing they started out not to be.
I predict this film will be a hit on DVD once it is done playing at the festival circuits.
Well, I can't really say I wanted to see a movie about ED, but the
story was pretty good. The female actresses were pretty hot. In fact,
movie would have been better if we could have seen some more female
I played football in high school, and i have never seen more tears in my life than in the football locker room, and I think this movie captured that with the main character pretty well. I also thought that the football scenes were pretty much right on. Most football movies have terrible football sequences that are only believable to 12 year olds, but these were pretty solid.
It's kind of tough to watch this if you're a guy because no man wants to think about what it would be like to be impotent. Some of the statistics in the movie about how many men have to deal with this were pretty frightening. But, I think girls would really dig the relationship aspect, especially since the main character's problem potentially involve having kids.
Being somewhat of a "Guy film" buff, this movie brought me to a new
understanding of Atheletes, Men and just life in general for the young
and in love, and did it without one car chase, violence, or raw,
unmoving act of tasteless sex. This is a thinker, you will leave
pondering the plot for days, and not altogether sure you wanted to in
the first place! It is an eye opener and an art piece in one package.
This is also a film for Couples embarking on life together, to see first hand what commitment really means. My only criticism at all is based on the lack of a few drops of water and my limited attention span, (I'm fully ADD) and I'd recommend this to anyone with a heart and a brain.
Kudos to the Fine Artists whose performances were truly convincing and moving. Mygod... I even shed a tear or two! Julia is Stunning, warm and very "screen savvy"! Gimme MORE!
Mike, this being his first acting role, has set a new archetype for macho and will very likely be seen more and more on the big screen. Can he Kung Fu? We all wanna find that one out!
Regardless as Director he has assured himself a place in the "city of lights" should he choose to pursue that occupation! He has promised us another film soon, and it sounds stunning.
Worth the see, worth the resulting ponder and for sure a very moving piece of film. AAA+++
Wow, what can I say - having seen countless numbers of indie films
where the filmmakers seem to have no idea of what to do with their
camera, or how to direct the actors, or when to cut, and when to let a
beat hang, I can truly say that Road to Victory was a breath of fresh
air. The story of this film is as original as I have seen in a LONG
time, and doesn't rely on name talent to sell a poorly conceived
storyline and performances.
The subject matter of the film IS mature, and will cause giggles especially among audiences under 20, but after a few disarming scenes, the seriousness of Elliot's (Reilly) problem sinks in, and an emotional bond is created between viewer and protagonist which lasts the duration of the film. Anna (Anderson) is played both ruthlessly and tenderly and will evoke a broad range of emotion.
Definitely a film worth catching in a theater or festival if you can, or you can just wait it out and pick it up on DVD once it's formally released.
I saw this film at the San Fernando Valley Film Festival based upon a
rec from one of the festival programmers, and I have to admit, that I
was a little hesitant given the subject matter of the movie.
I promised myself that I would give the film 10 minutes, and if I didn't like it, I would walk (hey, it was a free screening).
From the outset, I found myself intrigued by the tone of the film. It was immediately clear that the film, at the very least, had integrity.
As the film progressed, i kept finding myself more and more sucked in, until by the end of the movie, I was really emotionally involved. So much so, that I found myself thinking about the film even a few days later.
I don't really want to say anything about what the film is about because that was one of the things that I enjoyed the most about my viewing experience; that I didn't know what it was really about, and given the film's originality, it made my viewing experience that much better.
Having given the film so much thought, I would be really interested to see it again, as I think that it might be an even richer experience on a second viewing.
If you like intelligent, well-written movies with compelling performances, then I highly recommend giving Road To Victory a try.
Saw this film at ReelHeart Film Fest with my boyfriend. We both liked
this film, but for totally different reasons. He liked because he was
an athlete in high school, and a little bit in college, so he
completely identified with the main character. I thought it was more of
a relationship film, which showed some of the realistic difficulties
couples go through.
Given what the film is about (sexual dysfunction), some of the scenes were really tough to watch, but at the end of the film, we ended up walking out of the theatre hand in hand, not really saying much, but just thinking about the film.
I think this film would be good for couples to watch, especially young couples, or even old couples who find themselves going through a tough time. We talk about the film sometimes, and how what we saw relates to us (not that my boyfriend has ED!), but more how sometimes we fight because we're too proud to say that we're hurt. I don't consider myself a movie critic, but I liked this film for its message, and how I felt after I saw it.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I think that most people will generally like this film, as the ultimate
message is universal. But, I think it really speaks on a much more
profound level to those of us who have shared some of the character's
When I was in college, I found out my boyfriend of 3 years was using steroids, and that he'd been using the entire time we'd been together, and before. He was buff but he wasn't a freak, and his job was as a personal trainer since he'd been an athlete when he was in college, so I never really suspected.
To make a long story short, he started having health problems (like we see in the film), and the effects on the relationship were really bad. I won't betray that relationship now by giving details, but I stuck by him through all of it. When I finally found out about the steroid use, I confronted him, but he refused to talk about it. I told him to make a choice and he told me would stop.
Two months later, I found out he'd lied; he chose the drugs over me. I left and never looked back, and this movie brought back a lot of emotions I thought I'd left behind. I really wanted the main character to confess, but he never did. But, I realize, because of my experience, that someone who uses steroids never does, (unless they're a retired pro athlete with a book to sell...Jose Canseco...Bill Romanowski)
But what really got to me was how much the female lead (Anna) came to care about the main character (Elliot) and how much he wanted to let her in but couldn't. For me, it was the other side of the argument that I had never wanted to understand.
It wasn't until the main character was confronted with the big picture, and given the ultimatum of choosing between a family and pro sport, (those he loved vs. the drugs) that he finally realized what he was doing. True to form, he never admits it, in fact he has to spend the rest of his life hiding from it, but he does accept responsibility.
The movie really boils down to asking these two characters to examine the choices they are making with their lives, and the effect was that it made me, the audience do the same. Elliot says at the end of the movie that he "chose right."
It really made me think about the number of times that I could say that I chose right about something so important.
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