DRAMA; 1hr 45min
STARRING: Daniel Amalm, Ennio Fantastichini, Jessica Marais
Fighting chance: Amalm and Marais
Boxing is about far more than throwing punches. To hang tough demands the mental and physical agility of a dancer and a burning desire to take the heat. Anthony Argo (Amalm) has all that going for him, along with a short fuse that keeps him primed. He owes his spicy Sicilian temperament to his rigorous father and trainer, Joe (Fantastichini), but Anthony is also a Perth boy, with a psychology-student girlfriend (Marais) and a need to live a little.
No surprises there: fathers and sons have clashed for decades. What Two Fists, One Heart ’s representational cast brings to the cross-generational table is a rough-as-guts ring of truth. Nine years in the writing by one-time Australian boxing champion Rai Fazio and directed with an obvious authenticity agenda by feature-film newcomer Shawn Seet, its trouble and strife culminates in a high-stakes boxing match that would have done Rocky proud. And of course, the best man was always going to win.