LA. Weekly
Paul Malcom, March 27- April 2, 1998
On a lighter note [at the South by Southwest Film Festival] was director Bob Byington's second feature, the hilariously deadpan OLYMPIA. The film's offbeat story begins when Olympia (Carmen Nogales), a soap-opera star in Mexico, heads north to follow her lifelong dream of becoming an Olympic javelin thrower. Once across the border, this intensely insular, driven woman sparks the ambition of a directionless loser (Jason Andrews) who becomes her coach. In addition to Andrews' sublime performance, this 82-minute film is so packed with little human touches that it's easy to overlook the unlikely circumstances that hold the two main characters together.
Tony Kaye, November 21, 1998
This is a film with a sneaky, ineffable charm that's tough to describe. Character-driven in the extreme and shot in a utilitarian, quasi-documentary style, its story sort of maunders serenely along like a milk cow blocking traffic on a country road. Funny scenes abound, ranging from Ed's sulfurous rants to zany situational humor arising from the guys' responses to the truculent, single-minded Olympia. . . . [The film] definitely has - as one of the characters says of Olympia herself - "a certain je ne sais whatchamacallit."
Film Festivals,

Film Festivals, 1998
    • Slamdance (closing night)
    • Taos
    • South by Southwest (Opening night)
    • Philadelphia
    • Long Island (Grand Jury Prize)
    • London, England 
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