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53 Ratings

Infinite Football

Fotbal infinit

Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu
Romania, 2018
Documentary

Synopsis

Corneliu Porumboiu’s Infinite Football offers a curious take on ballgames. It depicts the absurd efforts of an official in provincial Romania to bequeath to the world an improvement on the beautiful game. But is this really about football?

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Infinite Football Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu
What begin as rather simple changes become increasingly more complex, trading the simple purity of the sport for a needlessly complex set of regulations that hamper movement. Football becomes an apt metaphor for life as this man tries to use his desire to reinvent the game as a way of fixing the bonds of his society.
January 02, 2019
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The best testament yet to Porumboiu’s genius, as he moulds seemingly artless parts into an unexpectedly profound whole. To this end, it calls to mind Jafar Panahi’s This Is Not a Film (2011), and, more broadly, other directors working freely and contentedly in modest modes, like Matías Piñeiro, Philippe Garrel, and Hong Sangsoo.
November 22, 2018
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Though Infinite Football casts a gently critical eye at its protagonist, it’s no dour portrait of a minor functionary seeking a fruitless outlet from circumscribed routine. Ginghină, like his beloved soccer ball, may be hemmed in, but he’s also alive, spirited, vibrating with potential energy.
November 09, 2018
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