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Gifted athletes, parents star in 'Unstrung'

Tennis documentary "Unstrung" looks to provoke conversation about the paths taken by parents of gifted children.

Updated: May 1, 2007, 2:31 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to Page 2

NEW YORK -- The sweet spot of "Unstrung", the documentary about junior tennis that premiered at the inaugural Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, is family dynamics. Tennis simply provides a vehicle to explore the question of how best to nurture talent, and how difficult it can be to sort out whose dreams are at stake when parents try to help steer children to the top.

Slow-motion heroics and soft-focus triumph, those staples of sports fairy tales, are absent from this movie. Match action ...

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