Breaking the Fourth Wall: The Wrestler
In Cooperation with the Curious Theatre Company
USA, 2008, 105 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Action/Adventure, Coming of Age, Drama, Social Issues, Sports
Breaking the Fourth Wall is a collaborative effort between the Denver Film Society and Curious Theatre Company to bridge the gap between theater, film and issues facing society today.
This film plays great before or after watching THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, Now Playing at Curious Theatre!
35mm presentation - Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life, trying to reconnect with his daughter, and striking up a blossoming romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei). Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy back into his world of wrestling. Director Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream) presents a powerful portrait of a battered dreamer, who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home—inside the ring.
DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky
Producer: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, (executive) Vincent Maraval, (executive) Agnès Mentre
Editor: Andrew Weisblum
Screenwriter: Robert D. Siegel
Cinematographer: Maryse Alberti
Principal Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Ernest Miller
US Distributor: Fox Searchlight
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