Strongman (2011)

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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

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One cannot help but think of Fellini's Zampano and Gelsomina.

Mar 18, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 27, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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An outsider tale of unforced rawness and lilting poignancy.

Jan 25, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5

A warts-and-all documentary from first-time director Zachary Levy that moves in close and stays there.

Feb 26, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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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.

Jan 7, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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