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8 June 2006 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

There are many reasons to love William Klein's documentary. The way his camera finds what things are, the way people quietly tell who they really are, the wonderful image, the premonitions too. But "The French" is special to my heart for another reason : I was ten or eleven when the picture was made, and I remember very well all the great tennis heroes of those times : Borg, Connors, McEnroe, Nastase, Navratilova or Chris Evert... They are the cast of this movie about Roland-Garros French Open. What can I say more ? The reason why I like this movie is quite nonobjective, but I'm sure it is a masterpiece even if you have never heard of all those tennis-men and women.


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