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Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006)
"Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle" (original title)

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Football match Real Madrid vs. Villareal, April 23, 2005, from the perspective of soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane.

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Football match Real Madrid vs. Villareal, April 23, 2005, from the perspective of soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane.

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What a waste
29 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have reviewed a few films on IMDb and always try to give a fair judgement. 1 out of 10s often cause a roll of the eyes and it is so rare for a film to be really THAT bad and it usually means that you must ignore the reviewers view point. This, however, was terrible and really does deserve it. I gave it 2 as it might appeal to a very small population of the world.

I was not expecting a montage of goals or skills as you would find on youtube. I was expecting to see all of the things Zidane was doing and why. Why else would you watch something live this, but to learn from his decision making and the thoughts he has throughout the game. In the quiet parts I expect to learn something about what makes him... him.

I should have known that things were not going to go well when the intro sequence - a zoomed in view of a television, which seemed to go on for about 10 minutes. I HAD to fast-forward it!

Then came the 90 minutes. No real introduction, barely a comment from the Zidane and the angles at which each incident was shown was dire. Has it actually started? I had to wonder when the program would start... but it already had!

They were attempting to make something artistic, but ended up simply showing a bunch of clips that bore no relevance to the match. It was not obvious, at all, what was happening. The choice of camera shot did not help to show anything useful or interesting at all.

At the end of the day, this was a "portrait". An artists impression of a match of football focused on one of the worlds greatest ever players. However, this won't appeal to anyone who has an interest in football unless they have a keen interest in obscure artistry themselves.

This could have been so much more. It could have been something that you'd recommend to every young footballer trying to learn his trade. Instead it was one of THE most dull pieces of "entertainment" that I have ever seen.


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