Tuesday, March 05, 2013

True/False 2013: 'Cutie and the Boxer' Review

I've always been interested in bands in which the members either are currently romantically involved or once were: Low, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Handsome Furs, Richard and Linda Thompson, Fleetwood Mac. The ways that art and real life intertwine and feed off each other can be quite powerful, and it can also be true in disciplines other than music. Take Cutie and the Boxer, which looks at the 40-year relationship between painter Ushio Shinohara and illustrator Noriko. They're an adorable couple, but as documentary filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling points out, there's more going on under the surface. Here's my Screen International review.