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This Sporting Life

Posted by martinteller on December 16, 2005

A stark, bleak downer of a film, centered around a relationship obviously doomed from the start.  There really isn’t a single bright moment to be found, and Anderson lets every depressing moment play out in harsh realism.  Richard Harris (utterly unrecognizable to those of us who know him simply as Dumbledore) is superb in the lead, seething with brutality and frustration like a British Brando.  The narrative, told partly in flashback, does occasionally make the chronology confusing.  Rating: 8


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