drama | NR | 1hr 34min
Opening at GFC: 12/13/2019
Steve Landry is a journeyman boxer whose greatest quality is his persistence: in a career of 49 bouts, he has lost 33, yet he keeps climbing into the ring. But as opportunities to fight grow slimmer and the bills pile up, middle-aged Steve takes a well-paid job as a sparring partner for a young European boxing champion training for his comeback match. While Steve’s wife is horrified that he has agreed to serve as a punching bag for one of the fiercest boxers in the game, Steve sticks to his guns, driven by the dream of buying his daughter the piano she wants and maybe, just maybe getting to fight his 50th and last boxing match. Samuel Jouy’s first feature is a bracing, original take on the mythology of boxing on film, focused not so much on the win-lose drama in the ring but the psychological and emotional lives of those around it, from the boxer who never wins to the wife and children who love him regardless. Mathieu Kassovitz’s transformative performance as a resilient everyman gives this beautifully understated tribute to the underdog a universal reach.
Mathieu Kassovitz, Olivia Merilahti, Souleymane M’Bay
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