Cannes Review by Sarah Rappaport
I love sports films. I’d probably like watching sports themselves more if they had tightly cut montages set to fun music and almost universally positive endings.
“Fast Girls” is a very good—if predictable—sports film, set with the upcoming London 2012 Olympics as its backdrop.
It follows Shania Andrews (British TV’s Lenora Crichlow in her first leading role) as she qualifies as an Olympic sprinter and joins the relay team when the coach (a very funny Noel Clarke, who also wrote the film) believes in her talent and takes a chance by putting her on the team.
Shania is from a council estate, has an unsupportive family, and lacks the funds and resources that the other runners have. The star runner, Lisa Temple (Lily James) takes an instant dislike to her, making her time on the team difficult from the start.