Coming to theatres today, Friday, April 1: MARINONI: THE FIRE IN THE FRAME
Tony Girardin’s portrait of an acclaimed bicycle craftsman made its debut at Hot Docs in 2014. It has since screened at other Canadian events, including the Global Visions fest.
Girardin relates the story of Giuseppe Marinoni, an Italian cyclist who came to Canada for a race and decided to stay, transitioning from competitive cycling to a successful career manufacturing racing bikes, most notably building the cycle used by Jocelyn Lovell, the winningest Canadian cyclist in history who later became paralyzed. Now 75, the curmudgeon decides to challenge himself to set a record in his age class in a race held in his Italian hometown, using Lovell’s legendary bicycle. While Marinoni’s crotchetiness makes him watchable, Girardin maintains far too much of a presence in the project through excessive narration and conversation, making it feel padded, and there’s only so much interest this decidedly-niche-oriented film can generate for non-cyclists.