As violence takes the headlines once more in our daily papers - considering the murder of a policeman in Italy after a football match - perhaps the moment is ripe for documentaries to look again at this worrying trend of hooliganism. Films such as Green Street Hooligans and The Firm give it a spin, yet I sense reality is totally unromantic and has not the face of one, but that of many.
This Polish film, while of some vague interest considering the theme, descends upon two seemingly unrelated topics, as if wanting to attract an audience for the former, disguised as the latter: "Cage fighting" and hooliganism. A bunch of blunt and unrevealing interviews strung together get mixed with fight scenes without amounting to anything of substance. Violence does not work as a unifying theme of these two "sports" and I find it erroneous to assume that people practicing contact-sports have a greater tendency to be involved in gang fights.
It was quite hard to look at both parts independently, as narration and interviews seem obscured at times and it can be difficult do distinguish which topic is being discussed. Also, the testimonials shed little new light on this worrying trend and are therefore unlikely to change opinions or attitudes.
Ultimately, this rather flawed documentary seemed more like a showcase for violent behavior and said too little even for 54 minutes.
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