7.5/10
1,531
10 user 10 critic

White Palms (2006)

Fehér tenyér (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | 23 February 2006 (Hungary)
Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, champion Hungarian gymnast Miklos moves to Canada years later in search of a new start - only to find himself unwittingly ... See full summary »

Director:

Szabolcs Hajdu

Writer:

Szabolcs Hajdu (screenplay)
7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Moscow Square (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

1989 is an important year in the political history of Hungary. However, Petya and his friends couldn't care less. They are about to graduate high school. The only important things to them ... See full summary »

Director: Ferenc Török
Stars: Gábor Karalyos, Erzsi Pápai, Eszter Balla
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Badly needing money for the treatment of his ill mother, pathologist Tibor Malkáv accepts the proposition of a stranger to murder someone he doesn't know a thing about.

Director: Attila Gigor
Stars: Zsolt Anger, András Márton Baló, Péter Blaskó
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In order to regain custody of her daughter, whom she left in the care of her fortune-telling aunt, Mona must tell a social worker her story. The tale she spins---and the movie we watch---is... See full summary »

Director: Szabolcs Hajdu
Stars: Orsolya Török-Illyés, Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A year ago Ernella, Albert and their 10 year old daughter, Laura, left the country for a better life. They haven't managed to succeed in Scotland, so they came back. In the middle of the ... See full summary »

Director: Szabolcs Hajdu
Stars: Imre Gelányi, Lujza Hajdu, Szabolcs Hajdu
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A trip to Lisbon helps a nerdy guy who is quickly approaching 30 finally get his mojo back.

Director: Gábor Reisz
Stars: Áron Ferenczik, Miklós Horváth, Bálint Györiványi
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Story of a mischievous outspoken kid in a small Hungarian town.

Director: Sándor Mihályfy
Stars: Imre Olvasztó, Róbert Koltai, Teri Horváth
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In a rural scenery in the throes of difficult changes lives a humble but promising young farmer girl called Mari Pataki. Her father forbids her from seeing the man she loves. The father, ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Fábri
Stars: Mari Töröcsik, Imre Soós, Ádám Szirtes
Glass Tiger (2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

This film tells the story of a few uneventful days in the life of six pals. Lali, a great fan of America, owns a sandwich stand on the side of the road, called The Glass Tiger. Gaben ... See full summary »

Directors: Iván Kapitány, Péter Rudolf
Stars: Péter Rudolf, Gábor Reviczky, Imre Csuja
Love (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The wife of a political prisoner tends to her mother-in-law and keeps from the old woman the truth about her son, whom she believes is in New York making a film.

Director: Károly Makk
Stars: Lili Darvas, Mari Töröcsik, Iván Darvas
The Witness (1969)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Banned for over a decade for its outspoken criticism of the post-WWII communist regime in Hungary, Péter Bacsó's 'The Witness' has since then achieved unparalleled cult status in its native... See full summary »

Director: Péter Bacsó
Stars: Ferenc Kállai, Lajos Öze, Béla Both
Bad Poems (2018)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

33-years old Tamás Merthner is heartbroken, after his girlfriend Anna, who is on a scholarship in Paris, breaks up with him. While wallowing in self-pity, Tamás takes a trip down memory ... See full summary »

Director: Gábor Reisz
Stars: Gábor Reisz, Katica Nagy, Zsolt Kovács
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Set in '60s socialist Hungary, an introverted and somewhat inhibited teenage boy has a life-changing experience as he spends a few days with his uncle full of zest, a love for earthly pleasures, and a weakness for horse racing and betting.

Director: Róbert Koltai
Stars: Róbert Koltai, Mihály Szabados, Gábor Máté
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoltán Miklós Hajdu Zoltán Miklós Hajdu ... Dongó Miklós
Kyle Shewfelt Kyle Shewfelt ... Kyle Manjak
Gheorghe Dinica ... 'Puma' , Szabó Ferenc
Andor Lukáts ... Apa
Oana Pellea ... Anya
Orion Radies Orion Radies ... 10 éves Dongó
Dávid Horváth Dávid Horváth ... Tornászfiú
Dávid Vecsernyés Dávid Vecsernyés ... Tornászfiú
Péter Déri Péter Déri ... Tornászfiú
Krisztián Oltyán Krisztián Oltyán ... Tornászfiú
Illés Vér Illés Vér ... Tornászfiú
Csaba Mészáros Csaba Mészáros ... Tornászfiú
Tibor Géza Papp Tibor Géza Papp ... Posta Józsi
Olivér Bajnóczi Olivér Bajnóczi ... öreg Miki
Ábel Dénes Ábel Dénes ... Tornászfiú
Edit

Storyline

Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, champion Hungarian gymnast Miklos moves to Canada years later in search of a new start - only to find himself unwittingly perpetuating the very same cycle of abuse among his own pupils. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Hungary

Language:

Russian | English | Hungarian

Release Date:

23 February 2006 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Biale dlonie See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,812
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

The yellow schoolbag, which Dongó has in 1980, was only available in Hungary from the middle of the 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Dongó Miklós: I don't want to win but... I hate to lose.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
East meets West in this authentic and challenging story of a gymnastics gold medallist
1 August 2006 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

The traditions in East and West for training gymnasts have been long known but perhaps never more starkly portrayed than in White Palms.

Based on autobiographical elements involving his brother (and the film's star), Hungarian director, Szabolcs Hajdu, brings us a tale of a gold medal standard gymnast, initially training at age ten under a regime of brutal corporal punishment, then later adapting with difficulty to very different attitudes in Calgary, Canada.

As a boy, Dongo (played by athlete Zoltán Miklós Hajdu), receives little mercy in the hands of his trainer. The boys are asked to line up, but Dongo's feet are a fraction over the drill line, and he is punished with a blow from the side of a sword which leaves a blood-stained bruise on his thigh. When questioned, he tells his parents that he has thrown a knife at the girls, as they think he is lying when he claims his punishment was only for a minor incident. Parenting seems authoritarian and distant, although they don't hesitate to show his athletic skills off to relatives, and Dongo is forced to 'perform.' A background song later intones, "Summer has flown, far has it gone, over, all over, and I still question why." For Dongo and his classmates, it must seem that the joys of summer have eternally left their lives; and when he arrives late one day for practice, fearing the chastisements that will surely follow, he runs away.

In the Canadian scenes, shortcomings of the Western system are equally challenging. With little in the way of sanctions for unruly students, teachers are stretched to cope with rudeness and laziness. Through a friendship with a younger athlete, Dongo not only learns to look at the world through new eyes, but finds a part of himself that has long been abandoned.

White Palms is carefully edited to juxtapose more than one edge-of-the-seat moment. Tension is skilfully built into a story that is part documentary, part drama, and casting real gymnasts adds to the feeling of authenticity. Stark contrasts in the use of colour emphasise isolation - cold bluish tones for the scenes in Hungary are punctuated only with the bright red of the girls' outfits (in a sectioned-off area of the gym). Before going to Canada, Dongo's only venture into the latter world of brightness is when he is humiliatingly punished, providing a spectacle for the girls. The soundtrack has some haunting songs, although I felt the opening music was off-key - possibly intentionally - which I found a bit off-putting.

White Palms brings some emotion-laden content to a fairly dry subject, as well as providing useful contrasts between the former Soviet bloc and the modern Western way of thinking. It might not make the mainstream market, but is a very watchable contribution from Eastern European cinema.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed