John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018)

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection revisits the rich bounty of 16-mm-shot footage of the left-handed tennis star John McEnroe, at the time the world’s top-ranked player, as he competes in the French Open at Paris’s Roland Garros Stadium in 1984. Close-ups and slow motion sequences of McEnroe competing, as well as instances of his notorious temper tantrums, highlight a ”man who played on the edge of his senses.” Far from a traditional documentary, Faraut probes the archival film to unpack both McEnroe’s attention to the sport and the footage itself, creating a lively and immersive look at a driven athlete, a study on the sport of tennis and the human body and movement, and finally how these all intersect with cinema itself.

Genres: Documentary | Sport

Country: France

Language: French | English

Release Date: 22 August 2018 (USA)

Filming Locations: Roland Garros Stadium, Paris 16, Paris, France

Director: Julien Faraut

Stars: John McEnroe,  Ivan Lendl,  Mathieu Amalric


Cast overview:
John McEnroe John McEnroe Himself
Ivan Lendl Ivan Lendl Himself
Mathieu Amalric Mathieu Amalric Narrator (voice)

Review Scores

  • IMDb Rating - 7
  • Metacritics - 8