Jane Hawkins (Dreya Weber, Lovely and Amazing) was once one of America’s top gymnasts, but events and injury prevented her from fulfilling her Olympic destiny. Almost twenty years have passed in obscurity, working hand-to-mouth as a massage therapist while slowly disappearing in a passionless marriage.
In an attempt to give meaning to her life, she has been secretly trying to get pregnant, against her husband David’s wishes. Though still in peak condition, her doctor informs her that she may have waited too long to have children. And without David’s money, she can’t afford the fertility drugs that might make the difference.
A chance meeting with Denise, a former gymnastic teammate, provokes Jane to reexamine her life and past. While visiting a gymnasium, she is recognized by a coach, who recruits Jane for a completely different kind of venture: being part of a Cirque Du Soleil-type of aerial act. Also recruited to be part of the act is an enigmatic dancer named Serena. When events force the coach out of the project, Jane and Serena attempt to put the act together themselves, and in the process, fall in love. After Denise convinces her the affair with Serena is a form of denial, Jane must choose between having a child with her suddenly willing husband, or creating a completely new life for herself.
Winner of 28 awards, The Gymnast is a visually stunning film about hope, second chances, and finding the courage to defy gravity.
“Ms. Weber anchors the movie with a gritty, honest performance… there’s not a false note or inflection.” – The New York Times
“The heroine of this debut feature is an original, complex creation… a triumph for Weber.” – LA Weekly