Wrestle

You don’t have to be a sports fan to get pinned by this winner of a documentary, which follows four grapplers, and their hard knocks coach, at a failing Alabama high school.

There’s hard-earned hope, the cold slap of reality, and an intimate portrait of lives being lived through challenging times.

Directors Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer offer an unflinching look at their subjects, not shying away from drugs, teen pregnancy, racial strife, and mental health issues.

There are no easy answers, and the filmmakers, to their credit, allow life to play out in all its messy contradictions.

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