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177 Ratings

Infinite Football

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Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu
Romania, 2018


A provincial town in Romania is home to a man who for many years now has been championing radical changes to the rules of soccer: the shape of the field, the offside rule—everything needs changing to set the ball free.

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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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Porumboiu cinematically constructs—both through the patient, subtly but decisively shaped interviews and the cannily gradual editing—a life story that engages, at crucial points of contact, with the political history of his times and that reflects aspirations and inspirations that are themselves of a historic power.
April 26, 2018
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