An evocative take on the epic rivalry of tennis stars, the cool Swedish Bjorn Borg and brash confrontational John McEnroe, culminating in the greatest tennis match of all time at Wimbledon 1980.
To the world they were polar opposites, Borg was the on-top-of-the-world champion who never lost his temper, and McEnroe a up and coming whirlwind full of fury that people loved to hate. But they had something in common: they were both the best.
Bringing gritty coolness to the sports drama genre, Janus Metz is revisiting the great bout after a 1996 documentary, and he creates a suspenseful and brooding tone that darts between enlightening flashbacks (with a performance from Bjorn Borgs' real life son as the young tennis prodigy) and an electric present tense, all building to a crescendo of a final epic showdown.
"Borg vs McEnroe avoids most of the cliches of the standard sports movie ... a film that’s more interested in what’s going on in the heads of the protagonists rather than on the court between them, and is all the more satisfying for that" -FilmInk
In Swedish and French with English subtitles