Strong Shoulders

Des épaules solides
Director: Ursula Meier

Switzerland, France, Belgium, Drama, 2002, 96 min., french with english and lithuanian subtitles, V
While other teenagers go out on dates and get drunk for the first time, Sabine (Louise Szpindel) focuses single-mindedly on becoming a top athlete. Her single objective: to improve her physical prowess, no matter what the cost. The special sports boarding school where she trains is not challenging enough for her. She even starts to compete with the opposite sex, but doesn't realise that this could have severe consequences for her emotional and physical health. A body is not a machine. It has its mysteries, its limitations, its weaknesses, and may break down at any time… But failure is not a word in Sabine's vocabulary. Even so, if she continues like this, she may be riding for a fall. Shot as a television film for the Arte series “Masculine Feminine” (Masculin Féminin), “Strong Shoulders” is a minimalist yet intense drama about the dangers of obsession.
2002 – Richemond Award for Best Actress, Titra-Film SA Award and TV5 Award for Best Francophone Film at the Festival Tous Ecrans International Film Festival (Geneva, Switzerland).
Section: Ursula Meier Film Retrospective

Screenplay: Ursula Meier, Frédéric Videau

Dir. of Photography: Nicolas Guicheteau

Cast: Louise Szpindel, Jean-François Stévenin, Guillaume Gouix, Dora Jeema, Nina Meurisse, Anne Coesens, Max Rüdlinger, Jean-Pierre Gos