|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.
Sundance Film Festival
WINNER - Documentary Directing Award
NOMINEE - Grand Jury Prize
"More than a great documentary. It's a great film."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Because CUTIE & THE BOXER resists easy sentimentality, its view of life and love is all the more powerful."
- The Hollywood Reporter
"Beautifully shot, painfully intimate."
"One of the most unsentimental and unstinting portraits of marriage ever brought to the screen."
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com