As much as kids and animals are a surefire recipe for success, old people (in shorts and super slo-mo, no less!) should be the ultimate turn-off. But these oldies are real athletes, preparing for the Senior Olympics and battling with their bodies in a way that’s by turns heartwarming and exciting.
Tenhaven doesn’t reinvent the documentary genre, but he has genuine rapport with his subjects and knows how to let them tell a story.
HERBSTGOLD | Directed by Jan Tenhaven (Germany 2010). German OV. Opens in Berlin cinemas on July 8.