The Harder they Fall

Worth an estimated €350 – €450 billion, sports is the undisputed king of entertainment, an ever expanding business untouched by economic crisis. But as the revenue generated increases, so too does the price demanded of high-level athletes. More and more events, matches and competitions to keep the public and their sponsors satisfied, fill the coffers of club owners, and boost profits for television networks.

Eager for achievements, records and rankings, the sports industry has become a well-oiled grinding machine. Countless champions end up physically and psychologically broken by the hellish pace of the sporting calendar, which forces them to keep pushing the natural limits of the human body. With cyclists feeling obliged to dope, hockey players committing suicide and football players lost to dementia, has professional sports gone too far?


  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 52
  • Production: Decoupages and Yuzu Productions
  • Director:
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France



  • Best Foreign Film (International Sport Film Festival Palermo 2015). Ahvaz International Science Film Festival 2015; International Sport Film Festival Palermo 2015.

Related Programs

End Game: Breaking the Silence

From Larry Nassar abusing girl gymnasts to the scandal at USA Swimming, many recent news stories have exposed the sexual abuse of minors in sport all over the world. They suggest an even broader phenomenon.

More info

The Race to Dope

It seems that not a week goes by without a new doping scandal in the world of sports. But how does the doping system really work? Who designs the programmes and who supplies the substances?

More info

Ready to Fly

This is the story of world ski jumping champion, Lindsey Van, and her teammates, who took on the IOC in an epic battle to get women’s ski jumping recognized as an Olympic sport.

More info