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"Down, But Not Out!" captures all the action of four amateur women boxers as they step for the first time into the ring. Each fighter, ANNA, DARIA, AGA and ALICJA go all out to win as they are challenged to face an unknown opponent at a box competition organized by the amateur boxing association within their league. We also witness the trainer, PRZEMEK, his mental and emotional connection with each fighter as he pushes the physical strength of Aga, the mental toughness of Alicja, the vulnerability of Daria and the desire of Anna as they each exceed their own personal limits.Written by
Angelique B. Grimm
This small but to the point of documentary full of heart, tension, grip,...
I've started following this director since he worked with one of the Polish actors I most admire and respect, Piotr Adamczyk. When I write following, I'm not meaning in a positive way, once this first "Second Life" (2009), was an absolute non-sense in on hand, while on the other a skillful directing was note worthy. After watching it, I really wanted to understand if indeed he would had a "second" chance to direct again. By 2013, I saw a extremely good surprise, again working side by side with a great Polish Actress, Agata Kulesza, called Desire for Beauty", but this time, instead following fiction he had turned to the documentary genre. In fact this second film, but first documentary, had the honest intentions in bringing some light to the shaded theme of "plastic surgery", were the skin was more than flesh and had some true human textures. Simple and honest, good but sometimes unbalanced, but indeed took me to the ride and will not be a movie that soon I will forget with god memories in my head. As I enter the smallest cinema room, of a multiplex cinema, were the New film (Down, But Not Out!) was opening, I question to myself what was coming ahead, once I had only seen a B&W poster with red titles that reminded me so much of my beloved Scorsese's "Ranging Bull". This made be prepared for the worst! But, and a B on the but, once the film started I was pulled in as the beautiful imagery that was presented to me was echoing in sync with the amazing soundtrack from this name to follow called Vincent Lagadrilliere. Down, But Not Out! is from this pure rawness that resonates from the true deep of the filmmakers as a simple camera guides you thought the raw reality of amateur box. It's a delight to follow during the 70m (for me felt short, would like to see more), were you just feel there, along with the fighters and a inspiring young coach that trough the victories and failures of one day models them in aspiring young fighters, still with a long road ahead. This small but to the point documentary is full of heart, tension, grip, frustration and a lot of surprises and I will not write mores to avoid bringing up spoilers. It has my 10.
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