The Bodybuilder and I
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Every June, 59-year-old Bill Friedman waxes his body, strips down the smallest bikini shorts imaginable, slathers himself with bronzing spray and then struts his way across a stage where he flexes his impressive muscles and gyrates before a crowd of hundreds. Bill is a competitive bodybuilder, a former world champ in the age 50-60 category. And now he’s determined to win his title back.
Documentary director Bryan Friedman is 26. Bill, Bryan’s dad, hasn’t been around since Bryan was a baby. Over the last two decades, the two have spent virtually no time together. Bryan’s feelings are complicated, but mostly negative, with a deep dose of embarrassment over Bill’s muscle-bound body and single-minded bodybuilding obsession.
Now, Bryan is chronicling his dad’s attempt to make it back to the top. And somehow – between bench presses, tanning sessions, costume shopping and the occasional furtive cigarette – the two men are coming to know, and maybe even sort of understand, each other.
Told with humour and sensitivity, The Bodybuilder and I is a feature documentary about success, failure, shame and family. It is a journey into the strange subculture of geriatric bodybuilders and into the life of a man who is determined to regain his status as champion. And it is the journey of an estranged son trying to discover who his father really is – in hopes that he can learn to love and respect him for the first time.
2007 / Canada / Colour / in English / 1.85 anamorphic presentation / Dolby Digital 2.0 / 86 minutes
Director: Bryan Friedman
"Hilarious and heartwarming" - Paul Matthews, Toronto Life
“The movie does what a good documentary should… totally surprising, and unique, The Bodybuilder and I is a thoroughly entertaining and insightful movie.” - Jesse Wente, CBC Metro Morning
"A journey that would make Freud smile." - NOW Toronto
"Funny, mischievous and tender film about getting to know his father." - Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's
- 1.85 anamorphic presentation
- Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack
- Theatrical Trailer
Product Number: KNS 50144
UPC Number: 8-81751-50144-8