John McEnroe: In The Realm Of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection)
  • 24th May 2019
  • 1 hr 31 mins

JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION revisits the rich bounty of 16-mm-shot footage 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's 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, Faraut probes the archival film to unpack both McEnroe's attention to the sport and the footage itself, creating 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.

Cast
Mathieu Amalric, John McEnroe
Director
Julien Faraut
Writer
Julien Faraut
Genre
Documentary