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The King (2012) Image
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  • Summary: A feature documentary about one of the greatest sportsmen ever. Darko Kralj (the King) is the only sportsman in the history of sports who has beaten a world record in his category five times in a row at one world championship. A croatian paralympic, seriously wounded in 1991 during the war in Croatia, Darko Kralj has almost died. Doctors did not expect him to survive. Today, he lives with a wife and three sons, the eldest one being the one Darko is the most attached to. Some kind of similar destiny brought them together, the kid has lost his biological father in the war. Tereza, his wife, has her own life story. Going towards the end of this unusual life story, we shall more and more understand where his strength and incredible love for life comes from. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Nov 21, 2012
    70
    Beautifully shot, the film is unapologetically a crowd-pleaser whose gentleness of tone flows from its subject.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Nov 23, 2012
    70
    An admiring but restrained documentary about Darko Kralj, a Paralympic shot-putter from Croatia. The film is more about what it takes to overcome adversity and recommit to finding meaning in life, terrain that anyone with a disability has to negotiate, athlete or not.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Nov 23, 2012
    70
    Few true-life stories are as inspiring as that of Darko Kralj, the subject of Dejan Acimovic's new documentary The King.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Nov 27, 2012
    70
    Revelatory for the disabled and entertaining for the rest of us.