A man sits down to watch a football match, which seems to consist of the players being violently mutilated in various inventive ways.A man sits down to watch a football match, which seems to consist of the players being violently mutilated in various inventive ways.A man sits down to watch a football match, which seems to consist of the players being violently mutilated in various inventive ways.
With his cosy apartment filled with an air of anticipation, an enthusiastic football fan packs the fridge with bottles of beer, knowing that his scrumptious, fresh-from-the-oven snacks and the mouth-watering beef stew are cooked to perfection. As the game begins, the excited spectator sits down on the comfortable armchair before his TV, only to realise that the rules have changed. Now, toxic masculinity and brutal, winner-take-all tactics prevail. Indeed, in this crucial match, the stakes are high. Who will win the violent manly games? —Nick Riganas
"A soccer movie to end all soccer movies".
"Manly games" is a combination of live action, very creative claymation, and a sport documentary. It stars when thousands of men of different ages and social standing arrive to the stadium to watch a soccer game. Then we see a man who is going to enjoy the game watching it on TV in his apartment where the fridge in the kitchen is filled with beer bottles. When the game begins, we realize that the rules of the game have been changed: the points seem to come from the team who kill more of the other team's players. The funniest and most shocking scenes demonstrate the amazing skills and imagination with which the players of one team dispose or their opponents. I've always thought that there is no creature in the world that has developed the ability in torturing, mutilating, and murdering its own species with such creativity and delight as humans do and Svankmajer proved me right.
- Sep 21, 2006
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