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The Referee (2010)
"Rättskiparen" (original title)

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Swedish soccer referee Martin Hansson had a successful journey towards his big dream in life, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Then one dark night in Paris on November 18th, 2009, all hell broke loose.

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Martin Hansson, Sweden's highest ranked football/soccer referee, began 2009 with a vision in mind; to reach and ref at the FIFA World Cup Finals 2010 in South Africa. Martin did well and had a great year till the final hurdle; the FIFA WC 2010 Playoff France vs Republic of Ireland in Paris on November 18th... Written by Mattias Löw.

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A father with flaws.
30 July 2010 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

From a female perspective I must admit that I was shocked at some of the things that were said in this movie regarding the choices and motivations in the main character. I understand that soccer is very important to a lot of people around the world but it can never be everything for a father and a husband. For the sport part I have very little to add as my knowledge is somewhat limited but for human aspects of life I do feel the documentary communicates a great insight to what obsession and instinct feels like. However I do feel the film could have been a bit longer as there are parts missing. Nevertheless a truly recommended documentary for us who know little about soccer.


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