Narrated by Mathieu Amalric, Director Julien Faraut’s experimental film documents tennis legend John McEnroe’s performance at the 1984 French Open, when he was no.1 in the world.
A sports documentary unlike any other, this is a beguiling and delightful film essay culled from hours of beautiful 16mm footage shot by Gil de Kermadec, the former technical director of the French Tennis Federation. It examines the player’s relationship to the camera, which McEnroe treats as an additional opponent and supporting actor in his own personal psychodrama. A fascinating treatise on film, spectatorship and the meaning of perfection (even if you’re not a fan of tennis or indeed McEnroe himself).
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