Stanless Steel-"The Strongest Man in the World at Bending Steel and Metal"-is the only man alive capable of bending a U.S. penny with his fingers. But the world around Stan-his aging parents, his alcoholic brother, his beautiful but timid announcer-girlfriend, his show-biz agents and strength rivals, and even Stan himself-is not so malleable. As the pressure mounts, what starts as a unique portrait of a loveable outsider soon becomes a deeply universal, funny, and poignant story about trying to find a path to a better life through the scraps and dented dreams of our modern times. (c) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Strongman
Strongman is a tantalizing example of the kind of documentary I find engrossing: A film about an unusual person that invites us into the mystery of a human life.
Though Levy's film feels shapeless at times, what it loses in structure, it gains in handheld intimacy, letting viewers get to know the mercurial but fundamentally sweet Pleskun.
A warts-and-all documentary from first-time director Zachary Levy that moves in close and stays there.
Without being intrusive, Levy chronicles these lives like a trusted family member, and Strongman allows a privileged and affectionate glimpse of a truly American dreamer.
Not to take anything away from Levy's heartwarming approach into the unfamiliar world of strongmen, but it would take more than just a bit of willpower to stay in the same room with Stan and his inflated ego for more than half an hour.
Strongman is a heartrending character study of a man blessed with superhuman strength, but defeated and overwhelmed by the everyday bullshit of life.
Fascinating, funny and intimate portrait of Stanless Steel, who likes to lift and bend things.
Strongman's unvarnished approach complements its salt of the earth subject.
Though the execution is nearly flawless, the film is difficult to sit through in its entirety.
Sad power rises from this doc about a guy who can bend pennies and elevate 10,000-pound trucks.
... [W]e're never sure how to take Stanless Steel. Is this guy irrepressibly optimistic, or just willfully self-deluded?
Zachary Levy's documentary is an original portrait of a distinctive soul who can lift trucks off the ground but cannot get himself out of a rut.
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