Breaking Away

[Screenshot]Breaking Away was recommended to me as pretty much the only feature film to really be about bicycling. There’s more than bicycling in there, though: it’s a classic coming-of-age story, as Dave (and to a lesser extent his friends) experiences graduation, disillusionment, romance, and determination; it’s an exposition on town-gown conflicts in university cities; and it weaving together these elements with a healthy dose of comedy.

It’s very feel-good, like many solo-sports films are, but it’s not rose-colored, and the generally straitened circumstances of the townies (or of the town as a whole) aren’t glossed over, and one gets a real sense of place from the iconic locations on campus and in the quarries. At some point in the next year, I’ll actually be heading up to Bloomington, and I expect it to be exactly as depicted in this film.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.


About Jake
I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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