Win By Fall

Directed by Anna Koch

At the age of 12, Janny, Lisa, Debby and Michelle leave their home for a sports school in the East German province to become wrestlers. A documentary about coming-of-age between boarding school corridors, wrestling gyms and boy band posters.


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  • ★★★★ review by Jacob Knight on Letterboxd

    Preteen female wrestlers in Germany, economically profiled so that their individual levels of commitment to their sport are completely understood in 85 minutes, all while never forgetting that these are girls, dealing with the same juvenile struggles as the rest of their peers. Training trials mirror beauty concerns; jealousies and accusations of favoritism are flung. All while men bark orders and determine who should succeed. Really caught off guard by how good this is.

  • ★★★½ review by The Host of MMM on Letterboxd

    SXSW 2017 - Movie #26

    Never been that into wrestling, but it's still an intriguing look at the emotional turmoil that these girls go through in order to become the very best.

  • ★★★★ review by Libby Banks on Letterboxd

    With a description like "documentary about 12-year-old German girls who are elite wrestlers," this film was basically the epitome of things-Libby-probably-finds-compelling. REALLY beautifully shot and incredible subjects. Adored it.

  • ★★★½ review by rockiewarantz on Letterboxd

    Sweet and sincere.

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