The Unbreakable Tatiana Suarez (2024)

The Unbreakable Tatiana Suarez (2024)

PG-13

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An inspirational figure is made plain by this two-dimensional documentary

4.2

Movie

United States of America
English, Spanish
Documentary
2024
CASSIUS CORRIGAN
Tatiana Suarez
81 min

TLDR

Human beings deserve more than to be asked basic who-what-where-when-why-how questions.

What it's about

A profile on MMA fighter Tatiana Suarez and her journey overcoming various injuries and health issues.

The take

Nobody should doubt Tatiana Suarez's place in the world of mixed martial arts, and it goes without saying how inspirational she can be to young girls who feel they don't fit a traditionally feminine mold. But a documentary really should do more than just reiterate facts, farm motivational soundbites, and refuse to ask follow-up questions to the most interesting ideas revealed. By the end of The Unbreakable Tatiana Suarez, it feels as if the film has repeated the same few talking points over and over, which doesn't actually make Suarez herself look better, but makes her look more like a product to be endorsed. Any potential discussion that can be had about the dangerous nature of wrestling and MMA—or on how this kind of controlled, organized violence interacts with real domestic violence experienced by Suarez—is quietly dismissed.

What stands out

The most unconventional thing that The Unbreakable Tatiana Suarez does (which it doesn't fully figure out how to use either) is how it gets interview from young female wrestlers still in school, who attest to the confidence that Suarez has been able to give them. This isn't a bad idea, and it certainly breaks up the monotonous momentum from all the other talking heads. But again, the film just doesn't dig deeper into who these girls are, and it just feels like they've been approached by the filmmakers out of nowhere.

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