Queen of the Ring

Queen of the Ring

           Queen of the Ring
               Genre: Documentary
               Las Vegas, boxing, World Cup, Regina Halmich, Karlsruhe
  Your first name is not only Queen, she is or has been for years an undisputed queen of boxing, as suggested by the title of the movie already. The native of Karlsruhe Regina Halmich was or is an absolute exception in boxing. From the beginning of the nineties to the year 2007 lasted her amazing career, which included 56 professional fights, of which she won 54 (including 16 knockout victories) and had to plug in only one defeat. And from 1995 until their careers end in 2007 it was continuously the WIBF world champion flyweight – and without a single defeat. The film begins as seemingly unspectacular life Regina Halmich: At first we see a young blonde woman who gets her hair braided by another into small braids. And who does not know this woman could simply only assume that this is a normal, everyday performing, which serves no purpose other than just those that woman, for example, preparing for a party. But apparently popping in the middle of this quiet sequence as short punches and Flash plug-in, the show, whereupon Regina Halmich here prepared. It is a boxing match – and her last fight against the US-American Wendy Rodriguez (after all, the number 3 in the world ranking). And after this fight, it is clear will finally be an end to the boxes. In parallel, the film accompanies Regina Halmich parents, who live only a few kilometers from the place where the boxing match in Karlsruhe. We experience their nervousness and tension before the fight, which will be televised and watched by more than 8 million viewers see how they stand it no longer eventually learn, and how it all began in Regina at the age of 11 years. Even more, so tell the parents their daughter was a child, which was looking for the adventure, the danger of the fight. And when she had discovered as a child judo for themselves, they had been initially convinced to have found the right place for this restless and lively child. The Karate but quickly discovered for itself and as she had finally become so boring, the kickboxing, which she operated initially only in secret. And shrewdly parallel montage and skillful integration of interview passages, excerpts from fighting and normal everyday Regina Halmich and those who stand near her succeed, the director Simone Young is a fascinating portrait that is exactly the right mix of proximity and distance of action and quiet scenes having to boxing fans and viewers who are more interested in the interpersonal aspects of captivating alike. Are overshadowed by the joy of a successful as well as balanced and fascinating portrait of a Ausnahmeathletin and with every success amazingly sympathetic and loose women, however, by the disputes between Regina Halmich and the production company, which persist to this day. And which are not due to the fact that Halmich presented in an unfavorable light, the film sees or untrue claims about them. But mainly in the fact that the Boxweltmeisterin should have obviously had no idea that the film was not just made for television and will instead run in the cinema. This is all the more regrettable since Queen has become in the ring one of those rare strokes of luck in the field of sports documentation that require out for the big screen. It would be nice if one could but some still. Because this film has one thing in particular – deserves positive headlines. If only because Regina Halmich, alongside all sporting success has remained to this day a true role model. And there are in theaters now, unfortunately, far too little. (Joachim Kurz)
  Title: Queen of the Ring Country of production: , Germany Year of Production: 2008 Length: 90 (Min.) Distribution: Progress Film-Verleih

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