LAST WOMAN STAND­ING

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(Lor­raine Price, Juliet Lam­mers, Canada). 88 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNN First-time direc­tors Lor­raine Price and Juliet Lam­mers suc­ceeded in mak­ing a huge adjustment to a movie whose story had to change dras­ti­cally.

The plan was to track box­ers Ari­ane Fortin and Mary Spencer as they join Canada’s Olympic team, pos­si­bly to fight for gold in London. But Box­ing Canada al­tered the rules in 2012 so only one of the women could com­pete, chang­ing the film’s nar­ra­tive arc.

What makes the doc work re­gard­less is that it’s less about box­ing than about whether a friend­ship can sur­vive such in­tense ath­letic com­pe­ti­tion.

Se­quences cov­er­ing Spencer’s pre- Olympic makeover are ex­cep­tional. SGC Apr 26, 6: 30 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 3; Apr 28, 12: 30 pm, The Bloor Hot Docs Cin­ema; May 3, 1: 30 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 2.

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