One is as beautiful as the sun, a modern viking, distant and incredibly talented, already a champion, loved by little girls and athletes. The other is a curly-haired elf, a little bit spiteful and irascible, but a rising star of tennis. And they are the protagonists of a movie not to be missed.
Borg Mc Enroe is a biopic that won this edition of the Film Festival in Rome, at which occasion we have seen it, and in November 9th it will be released in the Italian theaters (trought Lucky Red distribution).
A movie worth seeing for the storyline, first of all, that many people already know but which envelops and involves even those who had never heard of it. Admittedly, this was our case . Sport is obviously the centerpiece of two champion tennis players with their famous rivalry: Bjorn Borg, Swedish tennis player, and American John McEnroe, are considered the best ever and they have challenged each other 14 times between 1978 and 1981 with seven victories each. However, the plot of the film focuses on a game only, the 1980 Wimbledon final match, the mightiest challenge for tennis players.
Borg, seemingly a man without emotion, but in reality a volcano that does his best to keep from erupting , was then the emperor of tennis and had four Wimbledon wins behind him; Borg is a young player not loved by many for his ways, particulary in England, but a player so strong that he could put the Borg throne at risk.
The film is mainly a psychological film that starts from the childhood of the two boys, recalled with continuous but well-built flash backs, but it is also a movie about tennis, which also passionate who doesn’t know well this sport.
Direction and rhythm are simply perfect: not a word, a frame or a scene too much or missing. You see the film all in one go and youperceive on the skin until the last second (even until the last ball) their rivalry, just like we were on those tennis courts.
Directed by Janus Metz Pedersen, the filmmaker was born in co-production by Sweden, Denmark, Finland. Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny, David Bamber, Claes Ljungmark, Robert Emms, Demetri Goritsas, Colin Stinton.
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