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Cutie And The Boxer

  • Director: Zachary Heinzerling
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Languages: English, Japanese (w/ subtitles)
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 85 min.

Once a rising star in the ‘70’s New York art scene, 80-year-old “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara is prepping for his latest show, hoping to reinvigorate his career. His wife and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through her “Cutie” illustrations, which depict their chaotic 40-year marriage. CUTIE AND THE BOXER captures two lives united by a dedication to art-making for a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice. (c) Radius-TWC

"A lively double portrait of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, two Brooklyn-based artists who, after 40 years of marriage, are still creating side by side, and tormenting each other."
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The story of an extraordinary marriage between two people bound together by their artistic impulse."
- Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"More than anything, the film expresses - at an almost subconscious level - the difficulties of discerning not only what real art is, but also what true love is all about."
- Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Movies twice as long are often half as eloquent."
- Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A movie that makes you feel less like a spectator than a guest, a friend welcomed into the home of an odd and fascinating couple."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times