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The Gymnast

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Jane Hawkins (Dreya Weber, Lovely and Amazing) was once one of America's top gymnasts, but events and injury prevented her from fulfilling her Olympic destiny. Almost twenty years have passed in obscurity, working hand-to-mouth as a massage therapist while slowly disappearing in a passionless marriage. In an attempt to give meaning to her life, she has been secretly trying to get pregnant, against her husband David's wishes. Though still in peak condition, her doctor informs her that she may have waited too long to have children. And without David's money, she can't afford the fertility drugs that might make the difference. A chance meeting with Denise, a former gymnastic teammate, provokes Jane to reexamine her life and past. While visiting a gymnasium, she is recognized by a coach, who recruits Jane for a completely different kind of venture: being part of a Cirque Du Soleil-type of aerial act. Also recruited to be part of the act is an enigmatic dancer named Serena. When events force the coach out of the project, Jane and Serena attempt to put the act together themselves, and in the process, fall in love. After Denise convinces her the affair with Serena is a form of denial, Jane must choose between having a child with her suddenly willing husband, or creating a completely new life for herself. The staggeringly athletic bodies of the two lead s are a constant source of visual spectacle in The Gymnast. Fortunately, the movie also has a solid story to offer: Jane Hawkins (Dreya Weber, Lovely and Amazing) has lost all pleasure in her life: Her gymnastics career collapsed twenty years earlier due to an injury, her marriage has turned sour, and her job as a massage therapist has become a rut. When she gets invited to put together an aerial act using long strips of cloth instead of trapezes, Jane finds herself revitalized--and surprisingly drawn to her acrobatic partner, Serena (dancer Addie Yungmee). The tentative romance between the two is sultry and, thanks to their aerial routines, visually captivating. The Gymnast occasionally stumbles with some obvious dialogue and unpolished acting moments, but it's a strong coming-out story that gives texture and depth to its characters. The character's physical prowess ultimately becomes a metaphor for their emotional strength, but the movie also serves as a celebration of female athleticism. Weber and Yungmee's bodies are assertively sexy, expressing as much power as eroticism. It's easy to see why The Gymnast has won an abundance of awards at gay and lesbian film festivals. --Bret Fetzer
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Manufacturer WOLFE VIDEO
UPC 754703762894
Item Weight 0.2 pounds
Item Size 5.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches
Package Weight 0.1 pounds
Package Size 5.1 x 0.7 x 0.7 inches
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