"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
The all film was shot during the period of 24 hours and edit during 7 days. See more »
10 out of 10!
I saw this film last night on the cinema, with two of my best girlfriends, and even if it was a very simple and straight documentary movie, it remained in my head till this morning, when I decided that I should write some words about it. The IMDb wall was empty, so here I am. I'm not a film critic, but I am a film lover; especially I like documentaries cause real life subjects touch me more than fiction. Down, But Not Out! (Perfect title by the way) resumes in 70m the 24 hours that four women (all amateur) and their Coach, as they step for the first time into a boxing ring. Coach Prezmek surprised me by the way he treats each girl individually, as he seems to know how to touch the right buttons before each one of them faces their first fight. As a woman, I was touched by the sensibility of this man. The up-close camera work, and the absence of "talking heads", allows the audience to witness and relate to his mental and emotional connection to each fighter (and they are so different from each other) as he pushes them to fight their own limits. The stark black-and-white photography creates a unique documentary realism which works alongside with a beautiful and tense musical score that draws the audience on this characters study journey. It's haunting, tense, and by the end, the final words of the Coach will leave you wondering about the essence of fighting with a straight relation to our daily life struggles, whether we are boxers or not. 10 out of 10!
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