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Overcoming (2005)

Profound and penetrating insight into the hermetically closed world of professional cycling. With former pro rider, Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis as the protagonist, the documentary ... See full summary »

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Tómas Gislason

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Tómas Gislason
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michelle Bartoli Michelle Bartoli ... Himself
Ivan Basso Ivan Basso ... Himself
B.S. Christiansen B.S. Christiansen ... Himself
Ole Kaare Føli Ole Kaare Føli ... Himself
Brian Nygaard Brian Nygaard ... Himself
Andrea Peron Andrea Peron ... Himself
Bjarne Riis Bjarne Riis ... Himself
Carlos Sastre Carlos Sastre ... Himself
Jens Voigt Jens Voigt ... Himself
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Profound and penetrating insight into the hermetically closed world of professional cycling. With former pro rider, Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis as the protagonist, the documentary follows him and his new Team CSC as they strive for the impossible: to become the world's best and win the Tour de France. Written by Danish Film Institute

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Dreams Willpower Teamwork Love Tour de France See more »

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Documentary | Sport

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Denmark

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Danish | English | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

28 April 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Pokonac siebie See more »

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Nordisk Film See more »
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Whispering at the Top of My Lungs
Performed by Timothy Christensen
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Good potential poorly executed
23 June 2006 | by ajevansSee all my reviews

I really expected to like this film as: a) I'm a procycling fan; b) CSC are my favourite film; c) Bjarne Riis is an interesting character.

However I found the film flawed in several ways. Firstly narration was absolutely terrible, almost no context was given for any event in the film.

For instance there were scant details given about anything about the race which made details of the team efforts seem like an aside. Another example would be footage of the pre-season team training in Denmark; why were they there and what were they trying to achieve?

In order to fully understand the context of the above you would have needed to read procycling publications on regular basis. Fortunately for me this is the case so I could follow the film.

In addition to the poor narration, the footage shot wasn't particularly good, and even less well edited given a really disjointed feeling.

I had high hopes for this which were unfortunately unfounded. However if you agree with a), b) and c) above it's still worth a watch.


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