JOHN McENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION

While doing an internship at the French National Institute for Sport,
Julien Faraut discovered an archive of 16 mm footage of tennis
matches captured by filmmaker Gil de Kermadec. De Kermadec had
obsessively collected these unseen images of the greats and not-sogreats
facing off in hopes of analyzing the secrets of the game. Aware
that he had stumbled onto a goldmine, Faraut chose to use the archive
to make his own film, zeroing in on footage of John McEnroe on the
court at Roland-Garros, playing like a genius and throwing tantrums
like an infant. The result is nearly undoubtedly the best film ever made
about tennis, but is also so much more: a meditation on the strategy,
madness, and genuine suffering that come with perfectionism.
With that established, the connection to cinema and art-making in
general becomes evident and In the Realm of Perfection achieves a
universal import. Taking on the most difficult genre of all—the essay
film—Faraut proves to have an unerring sense of rhythm, a flair for
constructive digression, a winning sense of humor, and a taste for
unexpected but thrilling musical cues (Sonic Youth! Black Flag!).

DIRECTOR
Julien Faraut

SCREENPLAY
Julien Faraut

CAST
John McEnroe
Ivan Lendl
Mathieu Amalric

DETAILS
Documentary
French, English
109 min.
France, 2018
DCP, DVD, Blu-Ray

DISTRIBUTOR
Oscilloscope Laboratories

PRICE RANGE
$350-$500