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Anelka: Misunderstood (2020)

TV-14 | | Documentary, Sport | 5 August 2020 (USA)
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Bad boy of the French football, arrogant, precocious, misunderstood, scorer, unclassifiable, genius, unmanageable. Despite a having a career of almost 20 years at the highest level, Nicolas Anelka is still hard to define.

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Franck Nataf
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Roman Abramovich Roman Abramovich ... Self (archive footage)
Fabrice Abriel Fabrice Abriel ... Self
Samir Amireche Samir Amireche ... Self
Barbara Anelka Barbara Anelka ... Self
Claude Anelka Claude Anelka ... Self
Didier Anelka Didier Anelka ... Self
Jean-Philippe Anelka Jean-Philippe Anelka ... Self
Kahil Anelka Kahil Anelka ... Self
Maruerite Anelka Maruerite Anelka ... Self
Nicolas Anelka
Roselyne Bachelot Roselyne Bachelot ... Self (archive footage)
Selim Banachour Selim Banachour ... Self
Joachim Barbier Joachim Barbier ... Self
Roberto Carlos ... Self (archive footage)
Steve Clarke Steve Clarke ... Self (archive footage)
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Bad boy of the French football, arrogant, precocious, misunderstood, scorer, unclassifiable, genius, unmanageable. Despite a having a career of almost 20 years at the highest level, Nicolas Anelka is still hard to define.

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A Good but one sided documentary
11 August 2020 | by alindsay-alSee all my reviews

As a Chelsea fan I am a big fan of Nicolas Anelka as I thought overall he did a really good job at the club winning the premier league and FA Cup. But Anelka is also known as a journeyman playing in multiple countries and for some of the biggest clubs in the world. He also is known as a trouble maker causing many problems in his career and here is the Netflix documentary about his career - Anelka: Misunderstood and here is my review for it.

First of all this documentary does a great job in reminding football fans just how good a player Anelka was. Some of the goals he scored were outrageous and to think of the clubs he has played for such as PSG when he was 16, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Arsenal.

It also looks at some of the bigger controversies in his career, such as when he was accused of making an anti semetic gesture or when he led a revolt in the french national team at the 2010 World Cup. That one in particular takes up a large part of the film and it is really interesting seeing how the incident took place and having the other people such as Patrice Evra and Thierry Henry recount the event.

But this film does suffer, first of all from the fact that is a film. Anelka has such an interesting career that honestly this could have been the same length as The Last Dance based on Michael Jordan and been fascinating. But it feels like it skips over interesting points in his career such as his time in Bolton or his time playing in China which is just missing here.

Also this film is incredibly bias, it makes Anelka look like a guy who can do no wrong, even though it is clear he is very egotistical and not a team player at all. I was watching throughout and I was waiting for the opposition to him, but it never comes and feels like a puff piece created by Anelka's people.

Overall, I enjoyed this documentary because I am a football fan, there are some clear issues here but if you are a football fan then this is a good watch about a memorable and unique player.


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French

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