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This film, just like Zidane, is a work of art.
on 6 August 2013
This is one of the most unusual films that you'll ever see about sport. In this case, the subject is Zinedine Zidane, one of the greatest footballers of all time. What is truly unique is the filmmakers' decision to do the following: during a match between Real Madrid and Villareal, seventeen movie cameras are made to capture every single movement of Zidane.
What is the result? A documentary about a sportsman that is innovative, educational, and also a work of art. If you are under 18 year of age with a dream of wanting to play football at the highest level, then this is the DVD you must watch and study. Zidane's elegant movements, his effortless touches, and the way he stays completely focused are an act of poetry in motion. You may rate other footballers above Zidane. However, for pure artistry of a man possessed by his own genius, this is the film that will be admired in fifty or hundred years' time.
The other element of this film's success goes to the Scottish band Mogwai. Recently, their music enchanted the French drama series 'The Returned.' In 2006, their haunting score matches the hypnotic visual presence of Zidane on the pitch.
As DVD extras, there is a 'Making Of Documentary' as well as interviews with the film directors Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno.
I need to add one note of caution: if you are after a conventional documentary about Zidane, then this movie is not for you. By 'conventional', I mean the inclusion of lots of great footage of Zidane's best and worst moments with plenty of talking heads from former colleagues and pundits. This is NOT one of those documentaries. The truly unique point about this film is that it is all about ONE match and ONE player. The cameras are simply not interested in anyone else on that pitch. This film is all about stalking a footballing genius in a positive and artful way.
If you are a sophisticated football fanatic, then 'Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait' has to be in your DVD collection. If you have secret dreams of wanting to achieve greatness as a footballer, this is a film you must watch and re-watch. If you are a parent or guardian with a child who loves football, then this film will be an invaluable gift that should inspire a new generation. And if you love unique works of visual art, then you don't even have to like football to love this magnificent DVD.
It would be great if the producers of this film could do a sequel with Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, or your own favourite footballer. Or, they could go in to a different sport such as tennis and put 17 movie cameras on Roger Federer as he plays in the next US Open. Let's immortalise Federer's greatness in a unique way before he retires. We are all lucky that Gordon & Parreno archived Zidane's brilliance for many new generations of fans who didn't get the chance to watch him play.