Running Film Review: “Limitless”

“Limitless” is a heartwarming and inspiring documentary that follows eight women from different parts of India who have taken up running at various stages in their lives. The film is an intimate portrayal of the women’s journeys, as they share their personal stories of why they started running and what it has meant to them. We see the women train, sweat and sometimes stumble, but always getting back up again with a smile on their face.

The film is a beautiful celebration of the human spirit, The candid stories capture the essence of these women who are making things work for themselves.

I’m not sure what I expected when I sat down to watch this movie, but I wasn’t expecting to find women just like the women that I coach here in Australia. Well almost the same – I don’t know that I have ever actually coached anyone to start running wearing a full burka or a sari!

The underlying theme is that running has helped women gain self confidence. It gives them an opportunity to have time to themselves. One of the runners shares here insights into the ingrained nature of putting ourselves second. As women we fit our time into whatever space we can carve out for ourselves. Everyone else is looked after, and then we look after ourselves. It’s deeply ingrained, frustratingly so, even though we know that it doesn’t have to be that way. And it’s no different for these women in India.

I found myself nodding and smiling throughout the film, hearing almost the exact words I’ve heard from some of the runners I have coached, seemingly worlds away.

 

“As women, none of our lives are ours. That hour is my time”

“The day I ran 30 minutes together [without stopping] I was really glad… It gave me back my confidence”

“All women who can walk should try to take to running”

“I can’t run. I’m not made for running”

 

The film is not just about running. It’s an insightful snapshot of the lives of these Indian women, who have chosen to run. Interesting cinematography and evocative sound track. A good way to spend an hour.

You can view the full documentary on Netflix

 

Recommended Posts