A feast for the eyes, ears and heart, Cutie & the Boxer is an astonishing documentary from 2013 that I found on Netflix. Set in New York City, we get a glimpse into the lives of action painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife Morika, also a talented artist.
The filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling skillfully weaves together snippets of utterly beautiful, utterly dark and utterly ordinary moments in the relationship of this fascinating couple to reveal a complex portrait of struggle, endurance, addiction, love and (of course) art. From start to finish, I loved everything about this honest movie, which reminds me of what Brene Brown writes in her book Daring Greatly: "we love seeing raw truth and openness in other people, but we're afraid to let them see it in us" (page 41).
"Life is wonderful. Life should be positive. When it's blown to pieces, that's when it becomes art." – Ushio Shinohara