Have You Scene?: Free Skate Review

Free Skate is a sports film that tackles a tough subject through the eyes of a young figure skater. Veera Vilo and Roope Olenius submit their entry into the #MeToo movement’s tales of women surviving abuse.

Movie Details

Title: Free Skate

Starring: Veera Vilo

Directed by: Roope Olenius

Written by: Veera Vilo

Quick synopsis: A promising figure skater flees from Russia to Finland to escape her inhumane circumstances. 

Where can you watch: Free Skate will be available on a number of digital and cable platforms in North America, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, iNDemand and DISH, starting February 28th, 2023.

Things to know:

  • Veera Vilo is a former gymnastics champion who drew from her own experiences and accounts from her colleagues to write this story.
  • Veera and Roope have been married since 2014 and have 3 children. Roope plays a small role in the film.
  • Though the movie is primarily set in Finland and secondarily in Russia, English is the main language spoken.

Elevator Review

Free Skate is an intimate movie that tells our protagonist’s story both before and after she escapes Russia. You will see the extent of the abuse first-hand as well as what it takes to recover. By the end, you will hopefully have learned a bit about the things that many young women have had to endure, and hopefully won’t have to endure in the future.

For the full review, head over to the Have You Scene? Podcast wherever you get your podcast content!



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