CUTIE AND THE BOXERUSA | 2013 | 82 mins | Rated R | Documentary
Friday December 20, 2013
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $9 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara, Robert H. Harvey, Zachary Heinzerling
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.
"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
“Cutie and the Boxer is 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. [It’s] great virtue is that it refuses to simplify the relationship at its center, or to take a side in the Shinoharas’ marital drama and creative rivalry."
A.O. Scott The New York Times