I loved this movie. It doesn't break new ground in any meaningful way, but the black and white is stunning and the simple story is refreshing: a boxer, on the eve of the professional opportunity of a lifetime, falls in love, and with that comes a wave of non-pugilistic emotions. The movie is filled with humanity in all its funny, conflicted, struggling glory.
Olli Mäki is charming, if a bit slight. The 16mm black & white is an essential, perfect touch—reminds me of Truffaut, and even more recent films like Frances Ha. It was a wise choice to have very little actual boxing in a boxing film; aside from Raging Bull, few films manage to depict the sport in an interesting way. Mäki's struggles with training and his romance are far more interesting.
(3.5 stars) A perfectly fine and enjoyable boxing movie that revolves around an upcoming championship match of a small boxer. It's an in-depth character study framed in the world of featherweight boxing. Interesting and well-filmed in black and white, it has a certain old school look and charm about it.
I'm very fond of very simple films, but the constant pacing, helped by poor editing decisions (which actually, I think, make the message suffer), predictable sound design and somewhat plain and too few characters ultimately hurt my experience of what could have been a very sweet film. as it stands, it's just too okay.
authentic, refined, wholesome simulacrum of '60s Continental cinema.puts 16mm up there where it belongs. It doesn't quite transcend the format, but why should it ? The opening scene promises more magic than is finally delivered ... but then.. why should it deliver more ?