The Wrestler (2008) – New Cinema Wallpaper of the Day

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

This has to be one of the more curious entries of 2008 cinema and really having no idea what to expect makes me want to see it even more. How will Aronofsky handle a more straight forward Thom Yorke-like crooning drama? This definitely could be a sleeper hit in the making.

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Synopsis:

A once hugely successful professional wrestler in the late 80’s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson now ekes out a living performing for diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter, unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show, the adrenalin rush of combat and the adoration of his remaining fans.

But, when he suffers a heart attack in the middle of a bout, Randy’s doctor tells him he needs to lay off the steroids and stop wrestling. For good.

Forced out of show business, Randy begins to evaluate the state of his life. He tries to reconnect with his daughter and strikes up a wary romance with an aging stripper, Pam. For a while, things work out.

But try as he might to resist, the pull of the spotlight is too much for him and Randy attempts once again to fight his way back into the ring.

Visionary director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream) presents a tale of battered dreamers and undefeated losers, a powerful portrait of a hero – despite himself and the odds stacked against him. A classic story of love, loneliness and the inescapable lure of the arena.

In the tradition of Mike Figgis’ Leaving Las Vegas and Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby.

Image Source:
Official still used in the original international release of the film.
© Wild Bunch

Related Links:
::: Official Site
::: IMDb Profile

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