Zidane, un Portrait du 21e Siècle (Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait)
Zidane, un Portrait du 21e Siècle (Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait) (2006)

Acclaimed visual artists Douglas Gordon and Phillipe Parreno turn their attentions to filmmaking -- and one of Europe's leading soccer stars -- in this offbeat documentary. Zinedine Zidane is among the most celebrated athletes in… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 23, 2006
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly

For all the fuss that's sometimes been made of the film's semi-experimental approach, it is first and foremost a sensory experience that puts the viewer right on the field.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

He's set apart not only as the piece's sole subject but because he's hyper-alert, continually responding to invisible forces, raptly focused on events beyond the frame.

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Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

In moments of stillness, a composition of fast jukes and stutter-steps delight the eye. It's a lot of hurry-up and wait at first, but well worth it come the film's finish.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

You learn little by way of hard facts about the adored French soccer star and famous head-butter Zinedine Zidane in the formalist exercise that bears his name.

Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Alternately hypnotic and irksome.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

An overblown nearly-real-time documentary-cum-"art installation."

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David Fear
Time Out New York

To see everything boiled down to one man's stillness and movement is a transcendentalist high, a concentrated dose of poetry in motion.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The remarkably intimate camera work gives viewers the sense of being at this very big, very fast athlete's elbow throughout the 90-minute battle.

Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Watching a single athlete for the duration of a game is an interesting concept, but Zidane is better in theory than in execution.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Emily Armstrong
Oh my god, I hate this movie so much. It fails on every possible level. It's not an engaging portrait of a soccer player. It's not the chronicle of a… More
Anthony Lawrie
Tough one to rate this! I have to say i was expecting it to be better after a few recommendations from friends who assured me that it didn't matter that… More
Jens S.
This is an experiment. Filming Zinedine Zidane during a regular football match during his time with Real Madrid, with 17 cameras, watching each and every of his… More