RUN TIME 99 min
SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles
Beef is a beefy Cuban man who believes that he is The Strongest Man in the World. He doesn’t want children, but he wants to tell his grandchildren about his life as The Strongest Man in the World. His best friend is a slight Korean man named Conan. Conan makes him think about things he normally doesn’t think, like the fact that Beef thinks in Spanish, rather than English. Illy, the adopted daughter of a rich art collector, brings out an anxious side in Beef. But it is when his prized possession—a solid gold BMX bicycle—is stolen from him that Beef finds and loses so much more than he thought he could.
This delightfully odd, original, unpredictable gem of a film from director Kenny Riches is as warm and playful as it is profound, and it serves up its philosophical psychology to a punk rock soundtrack. The Strongest Man undeniably marks the discovery of a fresh talent in possession of an impressive ability to surprise. —S.F.