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Spandex Sapiens (2015)

Spandex sapiens (original title)
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Lonely son of a Canadian preacher man Michael builds the first professional wrestling company in faraway Finland. Young transsexual wrestler Jessica infiltrates into the company contesting ... See full summary »

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Oskari Pastila
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Majalahti ... StarBuck
Jessica Love ... Jessica Love
Taimo Majalahti ... Michael's Father
Wilma Schlizewski ... Fight Club Finland (FCF) General Manager
Kukka Laakso ... Michael's Girlfriend
Diana Majalahti ... Michael's Wife
Maire Majalahti ... Michael's Mother
Yoshihiro Tajiri ... Smash Japan Wrestler
Robbie Brookside ... WWE Talent Scout
Serena Deeb ... Smash Japan Guest Wrestler
Heimo Ukonselkä ... FCF Wrestler
Valentine ... FCF Wrestler
Johnny McMetal ... FCF Wrestler
Renne Korppila ... FCF Personality
Elvi Majalahti ... Michael's Aunt
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Lonely son of a Canadian preacher man Michael builds the first professional wrestling company in faraway Finland. Young transsexual wrestler Jessica infiltrates into the company contesting Michael both physically and ideologically. Anger and frustration get to Michael who is now 40 years old still looking for companion. He is looking for love, but first must learn not to hate. As Michael finds true love online he redefines his values, and reinvents himself as a wrestler in love. Written by Anonymous

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Finland

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Finnish | Japanese | English

Release Date:

17 June 2016 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Spandex Sapiens See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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€180,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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References Fight Club (1999) See more »

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Love as common denominator
12 September 2018 | by theredhairedcrowSee all my reviews

I found the documentary to be rather slow moving but effective in establishing one of the main protagonists opinions, viewpoints and lifestyle that affects their in-ring persona. The reality is understood that the abrasiveness, the nearly toxic masculinity they displayed is simply themselves. Their vulnerability is apparent, too, and the willingness to be seen that way at times, if it serves their goals. I had almost stopped watching, however, until the other protagonists's story intersected with then became intertwined.

Jessica was immediately engaging, as least to me anyway. You could feel their desire, their committment and...goodness, is the first word that comes to mind. Obviously, they've overcome personal and professional struggles and they want to be good at their chosen craft, that of making an audience believe in and cheer for them in the ring, as well as out of the ring for the right reasons.

There are some fanciful wrestling scenes included that was really fun but serious at the same time. You never lose the seriousness of how important this is for both wrestlers. You see how a new dramatic story evolves that comes to include both of them surprisingly fighting on the same side. Overall, I think it's several minutes overlong, that's the only critique I had, but it's a solid documentary overall.


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