This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko.
Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.
I remember when this was promoted during Sundance Film Festival last year. Now, just as the curtains have closed on another Sundance, I finally get to watch Cutie and the Boxer through one the most valuable and worthwhile subsctiptions in which I invest - Netflix.
It's difficult not to fall in love with Ushio and Noriko. They are both kind and also incredibly quirky. The story of their day to day struggles surviving through art is heart-wrenching at times, but it's exploration of one of life's central questions around occupation, career and "doing what you love" is uplifting and inspirational.
Ushio and Noriko's candid approach to one another is shocking at times, but the obvious love, care and adoration they have for one another shines through, and there are some soft, gentle moments between the couple that would surely soften the heart of any cold and callous creature.
A beautiful artistic relationship worth capturing on film - a masterpiece in many forms.