Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
“Cutie And The Boxer” is the story of the artistic couple, Noriko and Ushio Shinohara, in their Manhattan flat. Having moved from Japan to the United States, Ushio found slight stardom from his transition into the New York art scene. His sculptures made from recycled cardboard and his paintings made from his boxing with a canvas made him someone to watch. In 1969, Ushio met Noriko and 40 years later, they’re still married. However, Noriko seems to have regrets, having dealt with Ushio’s alcoholism and living in his professional shadow, being an aspiring artist herself. The documentary follows the couple in their everyday life, eating dinner with their son at their home, arguing on an elevator on the way to their studio, and painting alongside one another, supporting each others work along the way. Every year, it seems, an art film (or dance film) finds its way into the Best Documentary Feature category. “Cutie And The Boxer” was acclaimed at last year’s Sundance and although it was not my favorite documentary this year, it was a short 82 minutes long and told enough of a story, presenting a character study of the couple, to take in quite easily. However, with word-of-mouth rolling in the favor of “The Act Of Killing”, this small release could have its work cut out for it. This is the filmmakers first Academy Award nomination.
// Produced by Zachary Heinzerling, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Patrick Burns, Sierra Pettengill, and Kiki Miyake //
// Directed by Zachary Heinzerling //
// Dated Viewed: Sunday, January 19th, 2014 // NETFLIX STREAMING // 40 films – 44 days //