The King of Ping Pong (2008)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Slice of Life  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - Sweden   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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A portly 16-year-old finds his reigning position as the local Ping-Pong champion unexpectedly compromised when a series of long buried family secrets set him on an emotional collision course with his feisty younger brother. His home life may be fractured by divorce and his love life decidedly non-existent, yet moody teen Rille still does his best to endure with grace and dignity. Rille's mother is currently dating a middle-aged nerd, and the rare times that the boy is able to speak with his father -- a professional diver -- the old man is usually drunk. Though finding a sense of purpose through either his family or his studies has thus far proven a futile effort, Rille is at least able to take solace in the fact that he is the most accomplished Ping-Pong player in town. The founder of a community-based ping pong program for kids, Rille is admired by the young players and presides over his subjects with the zeal of jovial royalty. The delicate balance of Rille's life is suddenly thrown for a loop, however, when family secrets surface and immediately threaten to send the lives of both himself and his younger sibling Eric into an irreversible tailspin.

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coach, family-secrets, ping-pong, teenagers