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Bittersweet (2014)

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face - Mike Tyson Female boxer Diana Prazak always wants to fight the best in her league, therefore she accepts the invitation by the ... See full summary »

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Marieke Niestadt
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Diana Prazak Diana Prazak
Lucia Rijker Lucia Rijker
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Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face - Mike Tyson Female boxer Diana Prazak always wants to fight the best in her league, therefore she accepts the invitation by the number one in the world Frida Wallberg to fight her for the WBC world title in Stockholm. Lucia Rijker, former six times world champion, coaches Diana to prepare her physically and mentally for the toughest fight of her life and her biggest and most paralyzing fear: losing. In Stockholm they are confronted with the picture-perfect Frida and her glamorous and extended entourage. The brutal fight however, takes a dramatic turn. Diana is left to consider if she truly got what she wished for. Written by Anonymous

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Surprising boxing doc
12 March 2014 | by stvmurraySee all my reviews

It's hard to avoid clichéd descriptions like "knockout," but director Marieke Niestadt's documentary delivered a punch when it screened at the 2014 Macon Film Festival. The film follows Australian-born female boxer Diana Prazak as she trained with boxing champion Lucia Rijker for a high-profile match with Sweden's Frida Wallberg. Director Niestadt enjoyed uncommon access to the pugnacious Prazak and the chanting, Buddhist powerhouse Rijker as they prepped for the bout with Wallberg on her own turf in Stockholm. Nicely structured, with footage hopscotching between the central fight and the weeks leading up to it, "Bittersweet" is a surprising character study. It's about an outsider/underdog trying to prove herself against a blond stereotype -- a Swedish Barbie with gloves, if you will. And it grows almost unbearably suspenseful in its last half hour.


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28 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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