(special thanks to Film Movement for providing me with a screener!)
Nurse. Fighter. Boy is a terribly earnest Canadian film about three black people living in Toronto. Presumably they are referred to as African-Canadian, but I hate terms like that, so I'll just stick with black.
The nurse of the title is a single mother raising a twelve-year-old son (the boy). During the course of her job she meets a boxer (the fighter), who was injured in a scuffle. She treats him and later the two bump into each other and start a relationship. Looming in the background are her sickle cell disease and his concerns about losing his boxing club. The boy meantime floats around doing odd bits of magic, hanging out with the neighbor girl and listening to music.
And that's... really about it. There's not that much to this movie or the story. It's not a bad film by any means, but it's very dull. I think it would've made for a stronger movie had the boy been pushed out to the background and had the story focused on the nurse and the fighter and their budding relationship. That would've been far more compelling than this, which is basically just a melodrama.
== Short Film ==
This disc's short film is "Afterglow", a Swiss film about a woman, her daughter and her dead husband's brother. It shows how a family can fall apart following a death and what the fallout of that can be.
It was about as entertaining as the main feature, which isn't saying much. Like the main feature, it wasn't bad or anything, but it was fairly dull. Really, there was disappointment all around.