The Second Game
Location: Redstone Theater
Screens alongside Infinite Football
Dir. Corneliu Porumboiu 2014. 97 mins. In Romanian with English subtitles. It’s a deceptively simple set-up: the director and his father watch a 1988 football match that the father refereed, and their live commentary accompanies the original television images in real time. Yet what plays out is far more complex and elusive. As a snowstorm conspires with the grainy VHS image quality to obscure the action, the rapport between father and son also sharpens and fades. Stretches of silence are interlaced with traces of wry humor, bouts of disputed game strategy, and hints at troubling political realities. Porumboiu’s film manages to double as both an elegant formalist experiment and a candid, amusing home movie.
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