English, Japanese, Spanish
Director: Borja Manso
Cast: Javier Albalá, Jessica Bohl,
Moussa Faye, Guillermo Herrera, Keiichirou Sasaki and the
real madrid 2004-2005 team
RunTime: 1 hr 33 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Opening Day: 2 February 2006
What links the modern city of Tokyo with the popular streets
bonds the feelings of a New York college student to a young
boy in Senegal?
connects an intellectual Spanish teacher with a Japanese teenager
obsessed with manga animation?
Madrid a teacher is fascinated to discover the one single
passion that is shared by his students, that unites them,
inspires and motivates them…
New York a young girl jogs in Central Park preparing her next
game unaware that her life is about to change…
Tokyo a teenager is jealous of his lover’s obsession
with a global sports idol…
Zinguinchor, a humble Senegalese town, a child yearns for
the arrival of his father to hear the account of his beloved
team’s latest match…
Caracas a boy shares his time with an old man who conceals
is the story of five lives in different continents, who share
a common passion: Real Madrid.
is a chronicle that weaves dreams and reality, revealing through
the experiences of these characters how the international
phenomenon of Real Madrid has infused the lives of people
around the globe.
is the first official movie of the leading football sports
club Real Madrid and provides the exceptional opportunity
of witnessing through a privileged window the behind-the-scenes
and unveiled reality of a team that has inspired a world of
Like them or hate them, Real Madrid is a football club that
has been consistently assembling one the most admired squads
in the world. Therefore, to call them one of, if not the best
football team in the world, is most fitting. With various
trophies and championships to its name, the club has had a
most illustrious history. Its stable of players; aptly labeled
the Galacticos (the Galaxy of stars) has churned Spanish greats
like DiStefano and Raul and bought remarkable players like
Zinedine Zidance, Luis Figo and David Beckham.
so, it is no surprise that the chap from GOAL! would be moving
to Real Madrid in the sequel. But, “Real” is not
that film. In fact, it is baffling why such a film like “Real”
has been made at this time.
film revolves around five smaller stories of five different
lives in five different continents. Well, six, if you count
the behind the scenes look at Real Madrid, the football club.
If any, this official movie of the club aims to show that
people around the world are connected by their love for the
club. At this juncture, if you’re interested in watching
this film for the acting, I regret to inform that there is
not much of that.
Madrid, a schoolteacher tries to understand what Real Madrid
is all about. In New York, a young female footballer fights
to make a comeback after a horror injury similar to that of
Ronaldo’s befalls her. In Tokyo, a teenage boy is demonized
by David Beckham who is the subject of his girlfriend’s
adoration. In Caracas, a young boy discovers that his coach
is his long lost grandfather and in Senegal, a father who
walks for miles just to watch Real Madrid on television, takes
his son on a journey to live the boy’s dream.
stories, whether real or not, appear disjointed and directionless.
They could each have been stand alone stories and the love
for Real Madrid could still have been brilliantly captured.
While the film aimed to show how people around the world are
connected by supporting the club, it actually failed to do.
Instead, the end result was having stories that were clearly
stronger and had more screen time than the others.
one consolation though is witnessing the day-to-day running
of a football club. The thoughts of the players, manager and
advisors are openly discussed, tactics included. The happenings
on match day are also shown from the pitch to the stands.
The only nerving thing was to watch the football match sans
commentator but filled with electric music. It was like watching
ESPN on Sunday morning on an overdose of MTV.
the football club may be held in high regard, the film however,
pales in comparison to its majesty. Sure, the film might have
been made by people who love the club but the result is one
that is flawed. The audience would better appreciate the individual
stories if much thought were put into them. Actually, if you
remove the individual stories, you would find Real Madrid’s
Season in Review on DVD a much better alternative. Bring on
GOAL! 2 then.
by Mohamad Shaifulbahri