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Thursday, June 2, 2011

LRFF To-See: 'Marathon Boy'

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM

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"MARATHON BOY"
dir. Gemma Atwal. 98 min.

With a plot like something from Dickens, this documentary is an early favorite to win an Academy Award, according to the LRFF's Brent Renaud. The film's hero is Budhia Singh, a foul-mouthed young Indian boy turned marathon runner, whose life begins in poverty and grows more dismal when his mother sells him to an abusive peddler when he's only 3. But things look up for Singh when he's rescued by Biranchi Das to live at Judo House, a sports center and orphanage where Das trains some of India's better judo competitors. After once sending Singh out to the streets at 6 a.m. to run for punishment for filthy language and finding him still at it seven hours later, Das figures he has a sort of prodigy. Before Singh turns 5, he's competed in 48 marathons and become a celebrity in the Indian state of Orissa. But when Singh breaks down during a world-record 65 kilometer run, public opinion begins to turn on the trainer and his precocious ward. Director Atwal, who'll be on hand at the LRFF, captures the action as it unfolds. Variety called the documentary "epic" and "archetypal."


2:10 p.m. Thu., Riverdale
1:45 p.m. Fri., Riverdale.

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