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Cheer Up – CIFF 2016

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86 minutes

4.75

This documentary is about the Arctic Circle Spirit Cheerleaders, also known as the Ice Queens, and their competitive journey in Finland. At the beginning of the film we see that they have always finished in last place. Through the stories of cheerleaders Patu and Aino, and their coach Miia, we discover just how hard it is to be a cheerleader.

I have to say, I had some really low expectations for this film. First of all, it’s about cheerleading. Second of all, it’s a documentary about cheerleading. Lastly, it’s a documentary about cheerleading in Finland! It sounded so strange that I had to see it. I assumed it would be a Finnish version of Bring it On – I was wrong.

I loved how this film didn’t just focus on cheerleading, but also on the lives of the cheerleaders and how tough a sport it is to do competitively. You can tell how much they want to be the best! By the end, the whole team is  gritting their teeth because they can almost taste the championship. The one who wants it the most is the coach Miia; you feel for her because you can see that she knows her team isn’t very good, but she loves them anyways, she makes them work so hard so that they can win.

This documentary is really relateable. It shows the cheerleading team working hard (they practiced everyday for two hours) trying to get better. Their hard work is rewarded with eyelashes falling out and broken noses. Still, they never give up through all of the curveballs life throws at this team, they keep practicing. I think that is so inspirational. They love what they’re doing so they are working so incredibly hard at it, in the sheer hopes of getting better.  

The only thing that I didn’t really like was that the beginning was a little slow. Nothing really happened until 20-30 minutes into the film. During the Q & A that happened after the screening, Christy Garland (the director) talked about how the cheerleaders were very shy around her for the first bit of shooting. I can only assume that’s why things heated up only after the first bit. That is such a minor thing though, so I can barely fault the film for it.

I brought my friend Satchi to the screening because she is in competitive violin with me and we both could relate so much to the emotions they all felt. We understood how they felt when they got last place, how they felt when they practiced everyday for two hours, when they hurt their bodies from practicing so hard. We understood it all.

All in all, this movie was great. It was engaging, it was captivating and it wasn’t just any movie about cheerleading. I really recommend this film and it’s playing again on Saturday October 1st at 11:15am at Eau Claire for CIFF 2016. I highly suggest everyone go and see it.

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What to See at the Calgary International Film Festival 2016

This year I previewed some short films as well as a few feature films for the Calgary International Film Festival. In return I got a festival pass that lets me see all the movies I want! Here’s a list of some of the films I am most excited about.

Burn Your Maps

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This movie has Jacob Tremblay from Room in it! It’s bound to be good!

Girl Asleep

This film is about a fifteen year old girl whose parents throw her a surprise birthday party! That seems like such an intriguing plot line!

Cheer Up

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A documentary about cheerleaders from Finland. That sounds so strange I have to see it!

Considering Love and Other Magic

A storyline that involves a 14 year old boy that thinks he’s a work of fiction? Sign me up!

Sonita

This film sounds so cool. It’s about an 18 year old Afghan girl who immigrates to Tehran and wants to pursue a career in art and music – but her family wants her to get married. Sounds intense and topical!

Hello Destroyer

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This movie is about a fourteen year old boy who must deal with the consequences of being violent in a hockey game. Sounds relatable, I have a bunch of friends who play hockey.

Chokeslam

This movie is about a female wrestler and is written by the dad of one of my friends! This film is the Closing Gala movie and I’m so excited to go!

 

 

Visit http://www.calgaryfilm.com/schedule to see all of the dates and times for these movies at the calgary International Film Festival,  which is from Wednesday September 21st to Sunday October 2nd!

 

 

 

Here are some movies that I would totally see, if I was just a couple years older.

It’s Only The End of The World

This is a Xavier Dolan movie. Enough said.

Operation Avalanche

This is about the conspiracy that the moon landing was staged and not real. Who wouldn’t want to see that?

 

Trespass Against Us

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This film has Brendan Gleeson, who I know from Harry Potter and The Grand Seduction (a CIFF opening Gala film from a few years ago). Plus it has Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

Comment to let me know which movies you’re excited to see at the festival! 

Here’s a link to my review of  CIFF 2013’s opening gala film The Grand Seduction.

https://calgarykidcritic.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/at-the-ciff-2013-red-carpet-gala/