Narrated by Mathieu Amalric, this unconventional documentary revisits the rich bounty of 16mm footage from 1984 of the left-handed tennis star John McEnroe, at the time the world’s top-ranked player, as he competes in the French Open at Paris’ Roland Garros Stadium. Close-ups and slow-motion sequences of McEnroe competing, as well as instances of his notorious temper tantrums, highlight “a man who played on the edge of his senses.” Far from a traditional documentary, it probes the archival footage to create a lively and immersive look at a driven athlete, a study on the sport of tennis and the human body and movement and, finally, how these all intersect with cinema itself. In French with English subtitles. Director: Julien Faraut. (France 2018) 95 min.
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