KO Films
Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 23, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

Boxing Gym

Current Status
In Season
Frederick Wiseman

We gave it an A

With the same close, calm attention he paid to the swanlike ballerinas in last year’s La Dance, iconic documentarian Frederick Wiseman studies the men, women, and children of all colors, shapes, and sizes who train in former pro boxer Richard Lord’s threadbare Austin gym. The result is Boxing Gym, a riveting and unexpectedly inspiring essay on the peace that comes from shared physical and mental concentration. These gentlefolk are devoted to an ancient sport predicated on the violence of two people beating each other bloody. A

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