Superstar rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun has reached a crucial moment in her career. At the age of twenty, she is soon to retire but has one final goal: winning Olympic gold. As Margarita pushes her body to its breaking point, Irina Viner-Usmanova, her strict coach, assails her with caustic, withering critiques. Is Irina a merciless tyrant or the motivating guidance Margarita needs to fulfill her dreams? This nail-biting, behind-the-scenes documentary looks at the grueling Russian system for training athletes and the intense physical and mental labor put into a sport that thrives on its beautiful aesthetics.
The feature-length documentary debut from Marta Prus, OVER THE LIMIT had its world premiere in competition at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) where Variety hailed it as “coolly riveting” and said, “to call it the BLACK SWAN of sports documentaries only partly conveys the intensity of this mesmerizing portrait.”
DIRECTED BY MARTA PRUS
POLAND, GERMANY | 2017 | RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES