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Forgotten Urban Sporting Heroes

France, 1996 (MIFF 1996, Fiction)

Director: Christian Passera

In the hurly burly of large towns the citydweller often has to subiect themself to enormous effort frequently repetitious that can be likened to the physical demands of professional sport.

Through the juxtaposition of images of competitive sports and everyday tasks the film asks how far can our adaption process be stretched in an environment for which no limits have been defined.

"The whole city is a temple devoted to sport lets remember that the best performances are accomplished in anonymity". (TP)

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