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MY REVIEW
Reviewed by sharonmae PH / Joined sharonmae 2016
Cheer Up
Cheer Up
Cheer Up
Canada, Finland, 2016, 86 minutes Sport, Documentary, Arthouse
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27.06.16
A group of cheerleaders that need to cheer up, isn't it ironic? This documentary takes us on a journey to the Arctic Circle in Finland where this squad of struggling cheerleaders exists; normal teenagers who are independent at such a young age, live apart from their family and hoping to be in the league of the more known cheerleaders from their place.  But the struggles are aplenty and whether they like it or not, they are always on the losing end, always ending at the lowest rank of cheerleading competitions. How they were able to rise to the challenge, hurdle personal conflicts and grow from their mistakes make up for a heartwarming film with scenes well-captured by director Christy Garland. It is a film that veers away from the usual things that people expect from cheerleaders and a film that celebrates the lessons of losing as a catalyst for this group of cheerleaders to aim higher and to never give up on their aspirations. I appreciated the simplicity of the film and especially because of the fact that this is based on true events and people, real personalities like Patricia, Aino and coach Miia. They mirror positive as well as negative sides of normal people just like you and me. Do check out this film! 
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