Children of Glory is
an engaging drama about a group of Hungarian athletes who are about to
compete in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne Australia. As the
country of Hungary falls apart from a devastating Russian insurgence
to squash a political uprising in Budapest, the Hungarian Water Polo
team are headed to Australia. With the world crumbling around them,
fate deals them another card and the Hungarian Polo team ironically
plays the Russians in the final.
Directed by Krisztina Goda,
Glory is at times a romantic drama that not only goes into the
politics of the time but the relationships of these athletes and
they cope with everything going wrong around them. With some great
performances by all involved, just be warned that subtitles play a
part in this movie, however if you can push that aside, it will be
quite an immersive move experience.
The cinematography of the movie should also be mentioned, especially
with the authentic scenes in Budapest and some great re-enactments of
the Russian tanks invading Hungary. It's quite a heroic movie at
times, even though the content around it is quite depressing but
seeing the Hungarian Water Polo team victorious is truly a harsh
defeat for the Russians.