TIFF 2015: Hurt Review


What does it mean to be a hero? What responsibility does one have in living up to the expectations that the label connotes? Must one live up to the achievements of youth to be considered still worthy? How far need one fall before the past is erased and past triumphs nullified or rescinded.

These are the themes explored in Alan Zweig’s remarkable film Hurt, an intimate and often astonishing look at the life of Steve Fonyo. A deeply moving work, the mix of verite and formal interview discussion results in a portrait of the subject drawn from many sides, each facet complicating Fonyo’s situation, each aspect of his life more raw than the next. Zweig has made a career of intensely personal films, yet with Fonyo, Zweig has found his richest subject to date, exhibiting a vulnerability and humanity that’s rarely so deftly captured on screen.

It’s no suprise that a film with this title is moving and intense, but the way that the story unfolds results in something truly special. We as an audience learn something about this stranger, but also about ourselves. Documentaries at their best take us somewhere, in a way that’s both informative and cinematic, which is the triumph of Hurt.



WED SEP 16 2:15 PM @ TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1
SUN SEP 20 12:00 PM @ TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3

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Dork Shelf's TIFF 2015 Guide

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