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Bloor Cinema Release: Marinoni

March 27, 2015

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

Marinoni PosterOne of the nicest surprises from last year’s Hot Docs, and a top ten finalist for the audience award, Marinoni is finally opening at the Bloor Cinema this weekend.  Director Tony Girardin and subject Giuseppe Marinoni will be on hand for Q&As after the first two shows, tickets and showtimes are right here.

At 75 years old, bicycle craftsmen Giuseppe Marinoni is determined to break the one hour cycling record for his age group.  An Italian immigrant who came to Montreal decades ago to professionally race, while making money as a tailor, he now spends his days crafting custom bike frames that are used and respected by cyclists around the world.

Tony Girardin follows the eccentric senior in the two months leading up to the race, getting him to reluctantly open up about his life to the camera, as he struggles through his training to shave mere minutes off his time.  Beautifully edited together for maximum emotional impact, Marinoni is an immensely charming crowdpleaser, and a wonderful testimony to not letting age stop you from pushing forward.

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