Oscar Nominated documentary “Cutie and the Boxer” is not simply for the art aficionado, but for anyone with a curious look into the hardships of love and marriage. Following the life of well-known, 80-year-old boxing artist Ushio Shinohara the film presents that fame is not always followed by glamour. Through Ushio’s struggle to sell his abstract motion paintings and obscure sculptures, audience get a front seat view into the meaning of starving artist.
Yet, the film is not simply about the artistry of a painter’s life; Noriko Shinohara, a passionate painter forced to live in her husband’s shadow, gets to voice her marital turmoil through her own creations, “Cutie.” Escaping the bounds of her husband’s success, audience will see the rise of a woman who has found her voice. The film hardly feels like a documentary, but more like a journey through the Shinohara’s bumpy life. Entertaining to the last drop, interesting and culturally stimulating, “Cutie and the Boxer,” although not the winner of this year’s Academy Awards, it is easy to see the reason for its nomination.