By masked oval
it’s not just him rugby in life, there is 7me art too In addition, these two arts have some points in common. The dramaturgy, the action, the way of sublimating the bodies in motion, the sense of entertainment… without forgetting, of course, that those under 40 do not go to the stadiums more than to the cinemas.
On April 13, these two worlds come together for the launch of The stadium (yes, just “Le Stade”, because there is only one), a feature film directed by Eric Hannezo and Matthieu Vollaire. I had the opportunity to attend the preview and therefore offer you a small sheet on the mode of the site.rear kitchen (or book movie club sandwich, which is probably already in your library). Your goal will be to answer this question with as little bad faith as possible: are you really going to put up 12 balls to watch the Rouge et Noir polish their legendary turbo-boulard?
During the 2020-2021 season, the Stade Toulousain had two intruders in its locker room: Alexi Balès and a cameraman.
- It is well filmed, there are beautiful images. Although, as in the case of the short film of a sophomore in film school, the choice of black and white and the cinemascope format is justified above all for one reason: to show off.
- Knowing our friends in Toulouse, we might have feared something very pompous. In the end, the film is pure: without voiceover or narration, we play the immersion card by immersing ourselves as close as possible to the actors, in rather banal everyday scenes, whether in training, on the bus or in the changing rooms. could be replicated “It’s boring! “ but honestly, is it really more than a Top 14 match?
- There are some excerpts from matches, quite short but which allow you to relive the best moments of the Toulouse season, such as the victory in Munster and the final stages of the two competitions won by the Stade. It will certainly evoke many good memories for the fans. Instead, if you’re from Rochelais, go for a walk, don’t hurt yourself.
- No player is questioned in front of the camera. A probably wise choice, the great media tour of the Stadium in the media has taught us that if the control at all times of Dupont and Ntamack is precious on the field, in an interview it is still mega boring. Nothing can shake these guys out of frame, even horrible things like an entrance from Botia or a question from Léa Salamé.
- On the other hand, the movie could have been called “Ugo Mola: The Movie”. The Toulouse manager takes himself for Russel Crowe in Gladiator and continues with epic pre-match speeches, between inspirational quotes, war metaphors and oval jargon. A Linkedin menu with cassoulet sauce that works, especially since we feel the guy still has a bit of humor and self-mockery. Imagine the same film with Guy Novès, we would have quickly gone from documentary to psychological horror cinema.
- Small as he may seem, Cheslin Kolbe is fine in the movie. Congratulations to the Stadium that he could have cut all the scenes of him, a bit like when you cut a picture where you look handsome to eliminate your ex.
The weak points:
- If you hate the Stade Toulousain, this movie won’t change your mind. He may even leave the room with the desire to go and carry out an attack on Ernest-Wallon.
- We learn absolutely nothing about the preparation or the strategic approach of the matches. On the other hand, we have a lot of “let’s dent/smash/roll them” which should give new viewers a good image of our sport.
- Music a bit intrusive, especially since Hans Zimmer is sometimes passed off as the official composer of the Petit Bambou app.
- We see the beginning of a fight in training between Tekori and the Arnold brothers. Unfortunately, it is very briefly and quickly evacuated, whereas it surely would have been enough to make something much more spectacular than the disappointing King Kong vs. Godzilla.
- Without getting into the forced Netflix drama, some moments would have deserved more attention. Like the injury that ended Yoann Huget’s career. But maybe it’s me who always wants more Yoann Huget.
- To offer so many dressing room scenes and not have a single penis sticking out in the background is definitely against the values of rugby.
- It may well be to play it off as an arthouse film, the only rugby player in the cast of a film screened at the Cannes festival will still be Brice Dulin.
- The film doesn’t answer a crucial question: can doing the double be considered a kind of Grand Slam?
Did you know:
- Stade Toulousain has won 21 Boucliers de Brennus and 5 European Cups. Since they have the modesty to never remind them too much, let’s do it for them.
- Clermont qualified for the Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals in 2021. Incredible, but true.
- There are many other things that we forget. Like Matthis Lebel who scores tries.
- It is Matthieu Lartot who comments on all the (brief) match sequences in the film. Included for the Top 14 matches broadcast by Canal+. Surely Eric Bayle will appreciate it, the one who makes so much effort to sell us his championship as the king of carpet dealers.
- It was François Berléand who presented the preview at the Grand Rex. He will also notice that as soon as we need a vaguely known guy who is a rugby fan, we always call on François Berléand. An old man who is already 20 years old, and therefore represents the typical public of this sport quite well.
- The Black Dynamite company, which produced this film, is also responsible for several documentaries broadcast on television about Tony Parker, Teddy Riner or Karim Benzema. But also a movie. on the life of Michel Sardou : here we are approaching the world of rugby.
- Castres Olympique has just acquired a cinematographer and should soon respond by producing a silent biographical film on the life of Romain Teulet.
- Thomas Pesquet appears in this film. Of course, they couldn’t help it.
What to remember:
This movie probably never would have aired if the Stadium had lost both of its finals.
If you liked it, you will also like:
- handsome player, in the 2016-2017 season of Aviron Bayonnais. It’s the same movie, but with lousy colors and players.
- the great classic living with lions on the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 1997. I am old enough to have recorded it on VHS at Arté, a gesture that made me feel like a true intellectual.
- chasing the Sun, about the 2019 Springbok epic. It’s a bit like the modern version of the previous film, but with narration, big violins, and tearful scenes. It still works pretty well.
- Be from Toulouse. When you’re a rugby fan, it’s easy. But who said that life has to be difficult for everyone?
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