A 15-year-old Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland, who is working to secure a place at the country's National Sports Center. When the Euromaiden revolt breaks out in the country, anxieties rise as his family gets involved.
Set in 2013, the feature turns on Olga, a world-class 15-year-old Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland, working to secure a spot at the country’s National Sports Center. When the Euromaiden revolt erupts back home, anxieties mount as her family becomes involved.”
The SACD award went to director Elie Grappe and screenwriter Raphaëlle Desplechin for their script for the former’s debut feature Olga. The drama revolves around a teenage gymnast torn between Switzerland, where she is training, and her home country of Ukraine.”
Olga follows a young Ukrainian gymnast who is forced to leave her native country in order to train in Switzerland when her mother’s work as a journalist endangers their lives during the 2014 Euromaidan protests.”
This is a film whose ideas and emotions have come into a fierce new focus.”
It’s a compelling, smartly performed movie, with Mikhina mostly low-key and deliberately sullen until the fireworks are finally, and deftly, deployed.”