Heartland review: "Big John" 

Father and son boxers John and Ole Klemetsen captured the imagination of Norway in the 1990s while annoying a segment of the sports crowd. They certainly don't annoy in this rich, warm doc. In fact, one of the most satisfying parts of the film is simply watching the family watch old film footage of the boxers. Watch the looks in their eyes, the smiles, the interactions; don't overlook Mom, whose lower-key, but assured nature is a treat to behold. The story of John and Ole's careers is quite interesting, but the big pleasure in the film is just drinking in the richness of this very earthy, unpretentious family. Best Documentary Feature nominee. 86 minutes.

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