Stunning


Simple as that.

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Sorry I fell asleep. What was that?

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The key to this film is that it is an installation by an installation artist. It isn't really a film. It's a record of sketches for a portrait.

It doesn't have charm because Zidane doesn't have charm, like the late Georgie Best, who I once saw score 6 goals, and the years later, weaving on the pavement on King's Road on a Sunday morning, waiting for the pubs to open. Instead, Zidane has grandeur and magnificence, like a carving or an Easter Island statue.

I would guess that roughly half the film shows him stationary. Much of the rest shows that strange foot-dragging gait. And twice he sets up goals. That's why he is the most expensive player ever. He` waits and waits, and then he makes a difference.

His reaction to the Beckham goal is interesting. Everyone else rushes up to Beckham to congratulate. Zidane walks back to his mark, and waits for Beckham to to come to him, acknowledging the goal with a handshake and a pat on the back. Curiously, there is nothing arrogant about that.

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Michel Salgado scored the winning goal, not Beckham.

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I agree. I expected to be disappointed because the great Mark Kermode gave it an absolute panning. But I was fascinated. You never see football this way. It's a totally different experience to see only one player and have no idea what's going on in the game. You try to interpret the action through Zidane's behaviour. Surprising how little he actually gets of the ball too!

A must see for any genuine footy fan - a real eye opener. I shall never watch a match the same way again.

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This film was strangely hypnotic. I never thought that watching one person for 90 mins could be so enthralling. A lot of this has to do with the excellent cinematography, editing and sound which really capture the intensity of the action down on the pitch. Zidane actually cuts quite a lonely figure for most of the film - he doesn't get much of the ball first half, he barely converses with any of his team mates and the first time we see the great man properly smile is around the 75th minute mark. Although with Zidane, it really is a case of actions speaking louder than words. A very interesting piece of filmmaking.

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"the great Mark Kermode"

Nothing 'great' about Mark Kermode. He hasn't got very good taste.

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WASH UR MOUTH OUT!! lol

mans a legend! this film and the straight story are the only two films he's wrong about, he's great because he seems to be the only film critic around that is ALWAYS honest about his opinion.

He IS wrong about the straight story tho!

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A little after the debate here but I agree with the former...there is nothing great about Kermode, his taste is horrid!

Zidane...is a stuning film, the sound in particular for me make it so great. One instance in particular is when Villareal score the opener; from huge whistles and boos to absolute silence apart from Rauls lone motivational hand-claps in a stadium of around 100,000 is spectacular. Obviously plenty has been done in post-production here, but ut the small moments like this that make the film so powerful.

I can't believe the low score here on imdb, but the only reason I can think of is people who watched it weren't aware it was made by an artist and as such is much more akin to a 90 min art installation than a 90 min feature film?

If anyone is a fan of good cinematography, great sound-editing, superb mogwai soundtrack, and of course an interest in football may help, then definately give Zidane a go.

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The premise of this film sounded incredibly boring even though it was about one of the all time football greats.

Not every game has great entertainment value with the camera focusing on all 22 players let alone focusing solely on one of them. But I was pleasantly surprised to find I couldn't take my eyes of the screen. Zidane has the most presence of any footballer alive and it is impossible to explain this to people who do not appreciate football. The soundtrack blending in and out with the sound of the crowd was expertly done so as though it wasn't jarring but added to the atmosphere. It is pretty obvious this movie is the work of an artist rather than someone trying to put bums on seats.

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Very enjoyable, and a nice surprise when zoned out at two in the morning.

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