Venus and Serena


The new documentary Venus and Serena offers an unfiltered look into the remarkable and controversial lives of the greatest sister-act professional tennis has ever seen. Ever since Venus and Serena Williams started playing in tennis tournaments, they’ve provoked strong reactions – from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment. They’ve been winning championships for over a decade, pushing the limits of longevity in such a demanding sport. How long can they last? In Venus and Serena, we gain unprecedented access into their lives – both in the spotlight and behind closed doors – during the most intimidating and challenging year of their career. Over the course of 2011, Venus grappled with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease while Serena battled back from a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. But the headstrong siblings never give up, and we watch as they draw their greatest strength from one another to triumph over countless adversities. (Dir/ by Maiken Baird & Michelle Major, 2013, USA, 99 mins., Rated PG-13, Magnolia Pictures) Digital