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Yet its fascinating. Really. Save for the odd subtitled comment, and a not-entirely-comfortable compilation of the days news thats interspersed at half time, the focus is purely one man playing a game of football. Its not a raging success by any means, and there are moments in Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait where the interest level significantly drops. Yet when it works, it really works astoundingly well, and youd be hard-pushed to find any other film that does anything even vaguely similar. Its backed, it should be noted, with excellent supporting music too.
The 2006 World Cup, of course, gave Zidanes career an ending it never really deserved. And while Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait isnt a dish that everyones going to warm to, those that do will surely be left reflecting on one of footballs greatest geniuses, rather than one mad moment in Germany.--Simon Brew
The film was made by training 17 cameras, under the supervision of acclaimed cinematographer Darius Khondji, solely on footballer Zinédine Zidane over the course of a single match between Real Madrid and Villareal. Zidane himself recounts, in voice-over, what he can and cannot remember from his matches. Magnificently edited and accompanied by a majestic score from Scottish rock heroes Mogwai, this is not only the greatest football movie ever made, but also one of the finest studies of man in the workplace, an ode to the loneliness of the athlete and the poise and resilience of the human body.