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This vibrant, beautiful film, directed by Brit Marling and Mike Cahill,
profiles four Cuban athletes and dancers -- two in Miami and two in
Havana -- who struggle to perfect their craft while weighing
obligations to family, homeland, and themselves.
Unlike typical documentaries that feature a succession of talking heads, Boxers and Ballerinas chooses a visual approach more reminiscent of fictional dramas. There's inventive use of color palettes, sound, framing, and competent, multiple-camera editing.
(Film seen at the 48th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 2005.)
I loved Boxers & Ballerinas. This documentary succeeded on every level.
It was exciting, interesting, and told a story steeped in political
overtones without taking sides. I found myself watching people
congregate in the streets of Cuba and wishing I was there. Then, seeing
the struggle of second-generation Cuban exiles in Miami had me sitting
up contemplating what I can do to help. While the subjects of this film
are captivating, they are not extraordinary. As they share their dreams
and fears, you will come to know them as very real and very normal
people who have been born into almost surreal circumstances. This was a
powerful display of the human condition.
This is a great documentary about the live of four people two in the U.S. and two in Cuba and how they combine with each other. The movie really shows the struggle for Cubans to strive in their dreams and in order to be the best at it. I had a chance to see this movie at The Florida Film Festival and i had a chance to meet the directors. As they explained it was only the two of them who worked on this film and nobody else.They shot it with a regular DV Camera at you cant even tell that it is DV. Its a wonderful film which should get more noticed and appraised. In order to really understand the film you need to know about the struggle and the events that happened there with the revolution. It really made you think in what kind of world you live in that even some countries today cant achieve what they want.
While I applaud the young filmmakers for the quality of the production
(the time lapse shots, slick editing, etc.) - I do find that this is
what detracts the most from the film. There is far too much focus on
getting a cool angle, or yet another cool time lapse shot. The
"voyeuristic" angles that are often employed in the film actually
obscure important images - at one point a character's face is blocked
by random objects in the room as she talks. If you are going to rely on
visual style to carry a film, at least make good, meaningful choices
with the shots.
I wished the film had spent more quality time with the characters. The film does not really present much reason for the audience to invest and care about the characters, other than just presenting the fact that they are struggling dancers and boxers in Cuba. This is certainly an interesting idea, but ultimately does not present enough conflict or meat for a feature length film.
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