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Over the last decade, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has grown from a controversial no-holds-barred gladiatorial sideshow into a billion dollar phenomenon eclipsing boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world. But far from Las Vegas, in sweat-soaked gyms and low-rent arenas across America, the big lights are but a dream. Here, men fight to test their mettle, fortified with the mythic promise that an ordinary man can transform into a champion. Fightville is about the art and sport of fighting: a
Apr 20, 2012 Limited
Jul 10, 2012
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An up-close but superficial portrait of aspiring MMA stars as they fight their way through the Cajun Country regional circuit.
Ms. Epperlein and Mr. Tucker have talent and resolve - they spent months shooting "Fightville," a commitment that's scarcely evident - which makes the movie's superficiality all the more frustrating.
"Fightville" feels authentic about this world, where success may be measured in wins, but the balance of unrelenting brutality and self-discipline needed for those wins is a trickier equation.
In characterizing both fighters and their sport, directors Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker rarely break down defenses to surpass superficiality.
An exhilarating sports documentary and a levelheaded, piercingly intelligent treatment of a touchy subject.
The bumpy road to success as a mixed martial arts fighter is ambiguously investigated in this amateurish documentary by the directing/editing team of Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein.
A shrewdly observed MMA doc [that's] the equivalent of an unexpectedly delightful conversation with a potluck-seated dinner companion with whom you thought you might have nothing in common.
...not an investigative documentary but a celebration of a subculture which is aided by an excellent technical package...
Aside from illustrating the rigors of training, Fightville doesn't offer much else, other than a look at the small-time quality of this circuit.
The filmmakers take a mostly effective Hoop Dreams approach in showing how young hopefuls test the limits of their abilities and their economic situation.
Fightville's most worthwhile material tends to lie in the space between what its subjects say and what we know to be true.
It's not for the squeamish -- the cage matches get pretty messy -- but just about everyone else should find something to appreciate.
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