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27 Ratings

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

L'empire de la perfection

Directed by Julien Faraut
France, 2018
Documentary, Sport

Synopsis

In the 80s, director Gil de Kermadec attempted to use film as means of analysing the game. His meticulously shot footage of John McEnroe matches during the French Open forms the starting point for an ironic look at the parallels between film and the sporting world: cinema lies, sport does not.

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John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection Directed by Julien Faraut
This movie is a complex portrait of the athlete as a young artist in what proved to be his dominant period.
September 06, 2018
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An immersive, impressive and elegant ethnographic film essay that revisits 16mm footage of John McEnroe during the 1984 Roland-Garros French Open.
August 22, 2018
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Statistics-driven godliness isn’t the sort of perfection that fascinates Mr. Faraut. His movie is a dream of Mr. McEnroe, an amusing, hypnotic, whimsical, expertly constructed adventure in craft.
August 21, 2018
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