Synopsis by Nathan Southern
The intimate and revealing documentary No Limit: A Search for the American Dream on the Poker Tournament Trail commences with two filmmakers - the husband and wife team of director Tim Rhys and producer Susan Genard of Camden Pictures - and their joint decision to embark on a subject-by-subject, 8-month documentary portrait of the "stars" of international poker. Rhys and Genard thus trek off, cameras and four-year-old son in tow, with the casual intention of not only profiling these individual subjects, but playing in the World Series of Poker and winning a little bit of money themselves. The portraits indeed emerge, by turns eccentric, humorous and heartbreaking - each subject with his or her own individualistic rules of play. Yet as Susan and Tim involve themselves in the game, the activity begins to take an on-camera toll on their relationships with their son and each other. Meanwhile, central, haunting questions surface and linger about the enduring ties between professional poker and the quintessential "American dream."
behind-the-scenes, high-stakes, jackpot, poker, quest, road-trip, self-reflection, tournament