Cutie and The Boxer
In the late 1960s, nineteen year old art student Noriko fell in love with 41 year old artist Ushio Shinohara. She put her own art career on hold to support his rising career in the bustling alcohol infused Manhattan art scene. The documentary Cutie and the Boxer tells the story of their long relationship and how they have struggled and survived together for over forty years, wondering if Ushio’s art will sell or if they’ll be able to make rent.
In his 80s Ushio continues with his “boxing” paintings, while Noriko has found a new voice in her own modern work as they embark on a joint exhibition. It’s a delightful documentary about what relationships can sustain over time, and how art can induce a magical atmosphere that can foster love. The film was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary.