Co-director/subject Peter McCarthy puts up a brave fight at Commffest.
FIGHT OR FLIGHT (Peter McCarthy, Shane Sutton) Rating: NNN
About a month ago, a friend of mine went to a kickboxing camp in Thailand. At the end of his stay he got in the ring against a local fighter who'd probably thrown his first roundhouse kick before he learned to walk. Thirty seconds later my friend was out cold on the canvas. A few days after his return to Toronto, he completed his PhD studies.
Why would an intelligent, well-adjusted 30-year-old take up such a blood sport? That question's at the heart of Fight Or Flight.
This at times gripping documentary follows Peter McCarthy, an Irishman who, like my friend, goes to Thailand to learn to kick ass. Seems McCarthy, who also co-directs, has a few demons to exorcise. He was picked on as a child, had a troubled home life, got beat up in an alley as an adult... you know the sort. So he packs up for Phuket, figuring flying knees and fierce elbows will be good for the soul.
The film falls short when it tries to answer the larger philosophical questions about the nature of man and why we fight. But as a peek into the heart of one average man and why he fights, the result is raw and insightful and honest.
Screens Saturday (September 27) at the Rainbow Cinema as part of Commffest Community Film Festival.