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A close look at the life of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Credited cast:
Dolores Aveiro Dolores Aveiro ... Herself
Hugo Aveiro Hugo Aveiro ... Himself
Georgie Bingham Georgie Bingham ... English Sports Presenter 1 (voice)
Adrian Clarke Adrian Clarke ... English Sports Presenter 2 (voice)
Rio Ferdinand ... Himself
ClÁudia Garcia ClÁudia Garcia ... Herself
David Álvarez Izquierdo David Álvarez Izquierdo ... Spanish Sports Presenter 1 (voice)
Rhiannon Jones Rhiannon Jones ... Spanish Sports Presenter 2 (voice)
Nelvino Lima Nelvino Lima ... Portuguese Sports Presenter (voice)
Miguel Lopes Marques Miguel Lopes Marques ... Himself
Rafael Navarrete MartÍnez Rafael Navarrete MartÍnez ... Himself
Carla Mendes Carla Mendes ... Herself
Jorge Mendes Jorge Mendes ... Himself
Lionel Messi ... Himself
David Morrissey ... Dramatic VO (voice)
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Filmed over 14 months with unprecedented access into the inner circle of the man and the sport, this is the first official and fully authorized film of one of the most celebrated figures in football. For the first time ever, the world gets vividly candid and un-paralleled, behind-closed-doors access to the footballer, father, family-man and friend in this moving & fascinating documentary. Through in-depth conversations, state of the art football footage and never before seen archival footage, the film gives an astonishing insight into the sporting and personal life of double Ballon D'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo at the peak of his career. Written by Production

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Release Date:

9 November 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Роналду See more »

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Funchal, Madeira, Portugal See more »

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Despite playing almost two times a week, the only football match in which the movie crew filmed shots was Real Madrid vs Barcelona in October 2014. Ronaldo scored one goal. See more »

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Hugo Aveiro: Give him an Oscar!
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You & Me (Flume Remix)
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A Mixed Bag: Competent, Inauthentic, Fascinating
25 November 2015 | by tributarystuSee all my reviews

Having just watched de la Iglesia's Messi documentary, I thought of going all in and looking at Ronaldo's as well. And although this one tries so hard that it frequently seems inauthentic, at least it provides direct feedback from the horse's mouth: there are no doubts about what Ronaldo feels and believes - but only concerning carefully selected themes that build up his persona.

The film follows the Real Madrid star for parts of the 2014 season, in between his two Ballon d'Or wins. Given that it was one of the most successful years any player has ever had in club football, the timing is just right for Ronaldo. We get a glimpse into his past, his circle of friends, his family, the relationship with his son, the ambitions driving his career. It is a competent, well structured documentary, even if it fails to inspire. That's already more than can be said about the Messi docu - both released in a (suspiciously) narrow time frame between each other.

Ronaldo's directorial control over the final output here feels heavy handed. His story, like most rags to riches stories, lends itself to dramatization, but without a wide-angled perspective from a neutral third party, much of this comes across as a vain attempt of self- aggrandizement. The absolute low is probably the World Cup episode, where claims like "I'd feel better if we had three Cristiano Ronaldo's" surface, all the while justifying the team's failure with Ronaldo's injury. The good thing is that the more you want to control something, the less you actually manage to control it, because the orchestration required to do so renders you myopic to the meaning of what you are putting out there. It takes a very talented filmmaker to run such a tight ship in an artistic fashion.

What I do appreciate is the no-crap attitude towards how important his goals are for him. Sure, one can always judge it and dislike such a cynical approach towards achieving something for one's own sake, but you can't ignore the success story and the reality that magnanimity isn't objective. A 360 approach to the professionals around Ronaldo would have made for an interesting case study in an ideal world, but the odds of acquiring something authentic would be very low at the curated pinnacle of the football world.

This is the paradox: while the movie feels directed, the amount of direction is a means of characterization. And this will always trump reconstructions and a lot of the time it will be superior to third party fables about the man. The superstar cult lives and breathes here. So for all it's worth, Ronaldo's docu tells a story about him. Also, we actually see original Messi footage in it, something "his" own documentary fails to include.


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