by Patrick Bromley
The hook of Olympic Dreams is a good one: director Jeremy Teicher and co-writer/star Alexi Pappas shot a movie during the 2018 Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, enlisting Nick Kroll for a run-and-gun romcom that plays like a sort of May/December Before Sunrise set against the Olympic village instead of Vienna. Better yet, call it Lost in Translation with more sports.
Real-life Olympian Pappas (a competitor in long-distance running) plays Penelope, a 22-year old cross-country skier making her first Olympic appearance. With no family, friends, or teammates there for support, she's growing increasingly lonely. Enter Ezra, a volunteer dentist reporting for duty after a recent heartbreak. The two bond over their shared sense of displacement, developing a friendship -- and maybe something more -- over the course of a few days together.