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‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ Is a Ferocious Boxing Movie That Fights Dirty — Cannes 2017 Review

20 May 2017 9:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One giant bulging vein of a movie, “A Prayer Before Dawn” is only nominally about boxing. It’s also only nominally about its main character, and he’s in nearly every shot. Based on the eponymous 2014 memoir by drug addict-turned-convict-turned-champion boxer Billy Moore, the film is less interested in the how’s and why’s of the real figure’s story than it is in orchestrating one of the most unrelentingly intense symphonies of testosterone and rage ever put onscreen.

Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s film is not so much the story of a fighter as it is a story that wants to fight you.

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The film lets you know it’s up to something different right from the start. It opens on a set of very familiar images of a fighter wrapping his hands, »

- Ben Croll

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