(TORONTO, ON) – Good and far from ordinary. Shoulder the Lion recounts the story of an ex-boxer severely brain damaged, a musician with tinnitus, and a blind women. They have one factor that inspires them to create and offers them some solace.
That factor is music, photography, painting, and sculpture.
Art has lifted each of them from what, for many, would be debilitating and soul crushing physical set-backs. Art not only for art’s sake, but a curative and inspirational medium.
As far as documentaries go, you get very interesting stories from these three artists. However, it is not so much their story as it is a cinematographic attempt to interpret their stories.
Tremendous camera work here from both a beauty perspective, but also from a creative and interpretive point of view. It’s almost as the film itself has become the art.
This is no run of the mill documentary.
(Shoulder the Lion, Directors Erinnisse Rebisz and Patryk Rebisz, USA, 2014, 74 minutes, part of Toronto Hot Docs Festival, 29/30 April and 2 May, International Premiere)