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This revealing and unfiltered documentary follows the life and career of Academy Award-winning actress, Olympia Dukakis. Starting on the day she turns eighty and continuing for three years, this film deals with the struggles and pains surrounding identity and the roles placed on us by society. Its cinema-verité style allows the audience to constantly move alongside Olympia as she navigates between rehearsals, workshops, family life, and finally the journey to her ancestral home in Greece.
Exhibiting both candor and vulnerability, viewers witness her deal with age, grief, and sexuality while opening up about her past struggles with depression, suicide and drug addiction. Intricately weaving between impromptu moments with Olympia, together with footage of her performances both on and off screen, viewers experience the presence of an unrelenting female energy.
OLYMPIA offers insight into how the actress overcame the impediments that affected her life as the daughter of immigrants and as a woman in a male-dominated society. Despite her age and the challenges she's experienced, Olympia's determination to overcome the hurdles that life places before us all offers inspiration. Through her brutal honesty and sincerity, Olympia compels us to confront our own shortcomings and differences by letting go, and moving forward with defiant conviction. NR, 90 minutes.
"All hail Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis...in OLYMPIA, we find Dukakis at age 80, eyes aflame with a lust for life, truth, art and love that has animated her work on stage and screen." —Cleveland Plain-Dealer
"This, folks, is why we respect our elders." —Film Threat