Coming to theatres and VOD today, Friday, February 2:
THE CAGE FIGHTER
New Orleans, Sheffield, AFI Docs, Camden, San Francisco, Seattle, Palm Springs, Milwaukee, Sidewalk
A man risks his family and safety to return to the mixed martial arts arena.
Using an appealing, strictly direct cinema approach, Unay draws the audience into the life of Joe Carman, a Washington state husband, father, and would-be MMA champion. Never particularly successful in the ring, and certainly not able to provide for his family through it, the working man is nevertheless inexorably pulled back to the cage time and time again, telling his family that it’s the only thing that makes him proud of himself. In the eyes of his concerned daughters and ill wife, he just can’t keep his promises to give up fighting, threatening the family’s happiness and stability. A film of quiet moments punctuated with brutal fight scenes, Unay’s portrait explores themes of masculinity, fatherhood, and the desire to make ones mark, accompanied by a remarkable degree of vulnerability.