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Infinite Football

2018

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  • If football really has been played incorrectly for all these years, then everything Porumboiu's father stood for was in error. And this would be the perfect analogy to the communism of the previous generation. So football _has_ to be the thing that was always right in the midst of so much historical wrongness. If football is eviscerated, what's left?

  • Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Second Game (2014) was not only a formal coup . . . it also had far more to say about Ceaușescu’s Romania than anyone could have reasonably expected it to. Infinite Football is to The Second Game as Victory Day is to Austerlitz. The brilliant conceit is missing. But, like Victory Day, it’s not uninteresting.

  • While the stakes are lower in Infinite Football [than Police, Adjective], the thrill—if that's the right word—of watching somebody's inner world put down on a chalkboard, bringing weeks of custom-accumulated knowledge to bear, is the same. . . . If not exactly infectious, Ginghina's optimism over the project of reforming “the beautiful game”—his eyes shining when he talks about the inherent potential of his new rules—is the low-key emotional backbone of the film.

  • Mr. Ginghină's theory of “Infinite Football” is both ludicrous and truly utopian. Based on the centrality of the ball and a consequent downscaling of the celebrity footballer, Ginghină’s wacky theory envisages a division into sub-teams, the rounding off of corners and other (im)practical suggestion. The end goal? A more harmonious game where fluidity and aesthetic justice prevail over competition and athletic confrontation.

  • The longest portion is set in Ginghină’s almost comically featureless office, as he relates his life story and outlines philosophies gathered, magpie-like, from an eclectic array of sources (comic books, Plato, the Book of Revelations, his study of Ancient Greek). His endearing raconteur style is one of befuddled amusement at the bad luck and bad timing that kept him from a more expansive life, and a weirdly heartbreaking acceptance of things the way they are.

  • Porumboiu constructs readily recognisable microcosms in order to conduct open-ended philosophical investigations into the role and responsibility of the individual within the represented reality. This is again the case with Infinite Football, whose deceptive simplicity invites wide-ranging reflections on the relationship between systemic rules and personal freedom, as well as on the perils of seeking refuge in utopian reveries rather than grappling with real-life difficulties.

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