VENUS AND SERENA: The Documentary

The title image for the movie: VENUS AND SERENA: Discover the truth behind the legends. On the right side is an image of the two sisters, each in white, walking past each other, both looking at the ground in front of them.

My love for the Williams sisters seems to know no bounds. So, I am VERY excited about the new documentary about them that will be released in theaters on May 10. You can watch it now via on demand.

“About The Film” from the its official website (where you can watch the FULL trailer for the movie):

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 & Serena, we gain unprecedented access into their lives during the most intimidating 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. Neither Venus nor Serena let their adversities hold them back. They drew their greatest strength from each other.

Here is a teaser trailer that I can embed:

An exclusive clip:

Part of Sports Illustrated’s Review of the film:

The film is at its best when putting the sisters’ lives into context. The archive footage is cut together well alongside new interviews and used to great affect. As Serena’s U.S. Open outbursts are recounted with current footage, the editors cut in a clip of a young Serena talking about her idol, John McEnroe. Asked if she thought she could ever throw a McEnroe-level tantrum on court, Serena thinks and sheepishly smiles.

“Maybe,” she said.

Similarly, when recounting the pair’s many head-to-head finals, the film cuts back to an early interview with young Venus where she described playing her sister as “horrible.” On the whole, the filmmakers do an admirable job of showing just how much the Williamses have meant to tennis and how they’ve gone about it in their own unique ways.

As one voiceover points out, ”Through their injuries it’s kind of woken people up to the reality that there would be a tremendous void when they’re gone.”

And because I can, here’s this: