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The film Coach: the film about Russian football simply cannot be shot better

- Football, Yura, this is scorched earth covered with a three-meter layer of shit - the words of the mayor of one southern city are etched into the memory after watching the trailer.

What associations do ordinary people have with the concept of Russian football today? Crazy fans, huge player salaries and a disgusting performance by the national team. In the film The Coach, all these issues are raised, just too positively shown. This makes the sense of reality a bit lost.

Kozlovsky's debut

- Football is my favorite sport, - director Danila Kozlovsky said before the premiere. - I am one of those guys who fought in the courtyards in shabby sneakers and with an old ball. I really wanted to play the role of a coach in a movie. Initially, I had no intention of making a film about football at all, it was a production project. My task was to find a director and play the main role in the film. When I developed the synopsis, when the plot appeared in my head, I realized that I could shoot everything myself.

Coach - the directorial debut of one of the most popular Russian actors Danila Kozlovsky. In addition, he became a screenwriter and producer of the film, and also played a major role in it. The coach is a sports drama about football, which is released a few months before the start of the first home world championship in Russian history. The genre and the upcoming tournament increase the film's chances to collect a decent box office. Still, the success of Legend No. 17 and Move Up has shown that sports stories are what attracts the viewer today. Probably, the Coach will accompany these films, although there are several buts.

Plot and cast

The problem of Kozlovsky's film is not in the plot, which, by the way, is very good.
The forward of the Russian national team Yuri Stoleshnikov makes a fatal mistake in the match with the Romanian team, and his team loses in the decisive meeting. In the course of the game, Stoleshnikov earns a red card, and then comes into conflict with the fans, as a result of which he is disqualified (too long for such an offense) and the end of his career. A few years later, Yuri receives an offer to head the Meteor football club, playing in the FNL. As coach Meteor Stoleshnikov will have to believe in himself again.

The film's budget was 390 million rubles (the director noted that this is not enough for such a picture). According to Kozlovsky, part of the funds was allocated by the state, in addition, Nikita Mikhalkov's Studio TRITE and the VGTRK holding significantly helped in the implementation of the project. The cast deserves only positive reviews. The inimitable Irina Gorbacheva played the president of the club, Larisa Volskaya. Isn't it a parallel with Olga Smorodskaya, who recently worked at Lokomotiv? Father Volskaya, and concurrently the mayor of the southern city where events unfold, was performed by Viktor Verzhbitsky. And Andrei Smolyakov played Stoleshnikov's dad.

Conflict fromtsov and children in general plays an important role in the picture. The daughter cannot get out from under the patronage of an influential dad, and his son, a football player, cannot understand whether the most important person in his life is proud of him. It is the dialogues between Yuri and his father that are the strongest in the film, as well as the farewell scene.

Kozlovsky called professional players for the role of football players. Vlad Khatazhenkov, Alan Gatagov, Dima Sychev, Dmitry Smirnov are familiar names for football fans. At the beginning of the film, Meteor plays with Tambov, who is actually coached by Andrei Talalaev. And on the screen, Andrey Viktorovich leads the opposing team. Stadiums are also real. The arenas of Krasnodar and Spartak are gorgeous - you just want to buy a ticket and go to football. But the game itself is shown somewhat specifically. Let's say, for an amateur. Very fast, aggressive, with an instant change of perspective. It will be unusual for a football fan to see a game like this.

Sports are cooler than films

Kozlovsky also paid serious attention to football fans. They are presented in the Trainer in some kind of idealistic guise. Flares, naked torsos, chants are, of course, great. But fans in Russia are not like that. There are intellectuals, and there are scumbags. In the film, the fans are just a group of people who first hate the coach and then adore it. I can't believe them.

But Kozlovsky succeeds, who put his whole soul into the picture. His Yuri Stoleshnikov is a very emotional and ardent person. I would like to empathize with him and root for him. Stoleshnikov is impossible not to believe. But this is still not enough to believe the film. As the plot develops, the thought does not leave that the events are invented and have nothing to do with reality. From the very beginning, the viewer knows how the picture will end. The process of rethinking what is happening is also fast and somehow too easy for the heroes.

Trainer in again demonstrates that a sports event overlaps a feature film many thousands of times over emotions. A real victory gives you such drive, adrenaline and energy that you will not get even on a roller coaster. What can we say about the cinema. And in life, Russian football is in a more deplorable state, and there are only a few people who want to do something for society. No matter how harsh it sounds, our football does not have the same history as hockey and figure skating. We do not have victories that, decades later, the world is talking about with aspiration. From the personalities of the world scale, there are only Dasaev and Yashin. Football does not have its own super series or its own Olympic final.

In Coach, events unfold around the useless Cup of Russia. Probably, there is simply no better film about our football.

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