Seltsam schnell verblasst die Erinnerung an diesen Film schon nach wenigen Tagen und ich frage mich, was letzten Endes davon übrig bleiben wird: Unbestritten, die schöne Schwarz-Weiß Fotografie! In Österreich könnte man den Film über Hansi Orsolics drehen: aber wozu eigentlich? Um zu beweisen, daß Boxer "auch" Menschen sind?
Beautiful, well-paced film about a boxer who begins to realise the beauty present in his own life within the snatched moments of companionship leading up to what everyone else expects to be his defining day. The characters are realistic and likeable allowing the film to touch upon bigger themes with a light touch. Really enjoyable.
Es como un "Rocky" sin Paulie y ese discurso del sueño americano. El filme de Kuosmanen no es el retrato de un deportista o una proeza deportiva, es una historia de amor. "Rocky" de alguna u otra forma también lo es, aunque no deja de ser un filme sobre la superación personal. Olli Maki no es eso. Es la inclinación por un romance. Dos personajes que son (porque es así a fin de cuentas) egoístas frente a su alrededor.
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.
A grotesque display of unrepentant optimism in the face of systemic failure. This movie is dangerous, probably even toxic if watched on larger-than-life screens. The overabundance of smiling characters left me shellshocked, if not irreparably damaged. I am considering suing the director and the DP. Also, I have a crush on both Oona Airola and Jarkoo Lahti but please don't tell anybody.
(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.