Written and directed by Faraut and narrated by Mathieu Amalric, 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. 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.
Born in Colombes, France in 1978. In 2000, he earned a master’s degree in History from the University of Paris-Nanterre. He has worked at the French Sports Institute (INSEP) for fifteen years, where he is in charge of the 16mm film collection. He has taken advantage of this collection to make a series of his own films, in which he connects the topics of sport, cinema and art.
CAST & CREDITS
Director Julien Faraut
Producers William Jehannin, Raphaelle Delauch