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60 Ratings

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

L'empire de la perfection

Directed by Julien Faraut
France, 2018
Documentary, Sport


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
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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.
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