Tonka (1997)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama, Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 109 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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A world-weary 32-year old, internationally-ranked sprinter is just about to scuttle his illustrious career when he sees a beautiful, barefoot Indian girl racing out of a convenience store clutching a stolen croissant. She proves to be an impressive runner and he tries to catch her to no avail. During the pursuit a strange bond is formed between the two, one that quickly strengthens when they meet again. The 21-year-old woman's name is Tonka and she lives in a giant revolving Coke can near a road to the Charles-de-Gaulle airport. She survives on orange soda, stolen food or handouts and catches a shower whenever she can. She is truly a wild one, but somehow, the sprinter thinks he can train her to run professionally. Working with her awakens in him a long dormant passion for his sport. It also opens the door for love.

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athlete, champion, free-spirit, friendship, love, romance, running, sports, track [track and field], training