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Documentary review: In The Realm of Perfection is ★★★★☆

Years ago I read one of the greatest sports biographies ever: You Cannot Be Serious by John McEnroe. You should read it.

Last week I watched one of the best sports documentaries I’ve ever seen: John McEnroe: In The Realm of Perfection.

Now before you write me off as a McEnroe fanboy, which I unabashedly am, please know that the latter is a French documentary about a controversial American tennis brat in his prime.

Shot mostly in slow motion, it is a quirky and mesmerizing film with a powerful finish that convincingly argues that a tennis match is good cinema, and that McEnroe was arguably the sports best “directors” of tennis cinema.

Four stars out of five.