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Sparring (2017)

Steve Landry, an aging boxer with more losses than wins, accepts to become a sparring partner for an emerging champion in a last-ditch attempt to stay relevant.


Samuel Jouy


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathieu Kassovitz ... Steve Landry
Olivia Merilahti Olivia Merilahti ... Marion Landry
Souleymane M'Baye Souleymane M'Baye ... Tarek M'Barek
Billie Blain Billie Blain ... Aurore Landry
Tomy Leconte Tomy Leconte ... Oscar Landry
Lyès Salem ... Omar
Ali Labidi Ali Labidi ... Ali
David Saracino David Saracino ... David
Jolente De Keersmaeker Jolente De Keersmaeker ... Professeur de piano
Malik Bine Malik Bine ... Malik
Guillaume Clemente Guillaume Clemente ... Domingo
Amir El Kacem Amir El Kacem ... Employé Carrefour
Moïse Santamaria Moïse Santamaria ... Vigile combat
Mohamed Belhamar Mohamed Belhamar ... Hocine
Zakariya Gouram Zakariya Gouram ... Collègue Steve


Steve Landry, an aging boxer with more losses than wins, accepts to become a sparring partner for an emerging champion in a last-ditch attempt to stay relevant.

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Release Date:

31 January 2018 (France) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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It is Yves Afonso's last film. See more »


Written by Jean-Loup Dabadie
Composed by Julien Clerc
Performed by Julien Clerc
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Beaten by life
19 February 2019 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

But still standing tall. This is not your flashy "Rocky" movie, something you should be aware from the start. And I'm not saying that one is better than the other. I'm just pointing out that you should not expect this to be a "winner" (or maybe it is?). Certain things are in the eye of the beholder. In this case you have a man who has failed more than once, but still keeps fighting and going on.

You could see that as a symbol or parabel connected to real life. Some may feel the movie is too slow. And that feeling is not "wrong". Like it or not, the movie gives you the silent moments. Gives you character moments and breathes quite a lot. Which is almost ironic when you thnk about the main character and his "breathing" or sometimes issues to catch a breath, especially while fighting or sparring.

Not for everyone as is evident by one reviewer here, but those who cherish it, will find a lot to love about this... almost a love letter to humans in general and their strong will - no matter how qualified or talented they are

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