MovieChat Forums > Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle (2006) Discussion > Question for those who have already seen...

Question for those who have already seen this movie


Hey
I haven't see this movie yet, but I got it recently, and unfortunately I could get only the french version (I don't speak french). The first 10 mins of the movie had no dialog, but just the game. Do i really need to get the english version? Is there any dialog or anything important that I would miss?
I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me without ruining the movie for me.
thnx

reply

there's no dialogue as such however, every now and then a subtitle will come up; the words of zidane, written but unspoken; views on his game, his childhood memories of football and so on. his body language is the language of the movie so it can be viewed enjoyably in english, french or whatever. it's magic, and in the words of zidane: "magic is something close to nothing at all".

reply

I would recommend the DVD from the UK, which has extensive extra features: interviews with the directors, with Zidane and a "making of" segment, all in English or with English subtitles. The film itself, as stated, is a portrait in which language is irrelevant.

reply

And the only parts in the movie that are read dont really make any sense

reply

what are you talking about don't make sense? shows the beauty and grace of football and having a love for football. i thought his comment that whenever he played when he was younger he had a running commentary in his head was very profound and shows the beauty football can bring, especially when said by it's most elegant player.

The Church of Samuel L. Jackson and Latter day Snakes

reply

No, it's self-indulgent crap.

I know what all this means, but the "film" is not beauty, it's rubbish made by a half-wit

reply

I think it is really good. I guess you have to be a football fan, or art fan, and in the right mood to watch it. Knowing how good Zidane is I think it is a great film - it shows him in a completely different light and captures something about the man that ordinarilly you'd never see.

reply

yeah, what he said

it was only after the comment said to the referee; "you should be ashamed", that i realised what i was truely watching. he is constantly refreshing his awareness of where the other players are and building a picture of the game in his mind which, he even states, takes him out of real time.

this flick shows a determined zidane hard at work, conserving energy and producing football drama for 90 minutes. Its not one i'd watch again in a hurry, but its a worthy 'portrait' of a living legend.

reply