Achilles Heel

(Achillesferse)

GDR, 1978, 91 min, Color
In German; no subtitles
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Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old gymnast Susanne hopes to join the national team, but she is struggling at practice because she can't seem to land her new routine for the uneven bars. At the same time, her grades begin to slip at school and she has trouble in her personal relationships. Susanne's mother is so focused on her daughter's success that she fails to empathize, her father doesn't have time for her because he is often away on business, and her boyfriend Michael expects extra attention because he is about to leave for military service. With the help of her coach, Susanne is able to navigate these difficult situations and find a balance between sports and her personal life.

Awards

1979 Certificate of Recognition, Koszalin Youth and Film Festival

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