Indeed, a solid handful of Fake It So Real's primary characters are portrayed with a similar depth, but Greene still makes plenty of space for style. A recurring montage of characters walking out in full regalia onto a strobe-lit stage emphasizes the dream these guys hope to live, while his mat-level match footage accentuates the wrestlers' punishing falls and occasionally blatantly faux-painful maneuvers. All of this story-building — Greene's and his subjects — pays off handsomely once Saturday night arrives and Fake It So Real lets its stars become stars. Spoiler alert: it ends in hugs all around.
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FAKE IT SO REAL | directed by Robert Greene | released by 4th Row Films and Factory 25 | 94 minutes | Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm at SPACE Gallery, Portland | $7 | space538.org
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