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The Second Game
The Second Game
309 Ratings


In 1988, one year before a revolution toppled Romania, a Bucharest football game between the country’s leading teams took place. It was refereed by the director’s father. The director and his father watch the match, their commentary accompanying the original television images in real-time.

Our take

Corneliu Porumboiu’s minimalist doc might feel as simple as chatting during a match, yet he creates a super-charged situation where audiences come to dissect the hidden meaning lurking behind the images. A captivating look at Romanian history, father-son relationships, and football.