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The Second Game
The Second Game
289 Ratings


This film shows a 1988 Bucharest football game between the country’s leading teams, taking place one year before a revolution toppled Romania, The director and his father watch the match which the father refereed, their commentary accompanying the original television images in real-time.

Our take

Corneliu Porumboiu’s minimalist doc might feel as simple as chatting during a match, yet he creates a super-charged situation where audiences come to dissect the hidden meaning lurking behind the images. A captivating look at Romanian history, father-son relationships, and football.