The Second Game

The Second Game

Ordinary turns allegorical by way of becoming cinema. A battle of point of views between the idea of football and images as disposable and the belief that cinema can find them a new permanence. The cuts to the audience every time things heat up on the field might have the best combination of bitterness and humor of all attempts from Romenian New Wave of represent life under Ceausescu. The local cinema interest in the idea of the space between the Ceausescu regime and contemporary Romenia has also rarely finds a strong expression than the VHS images seen here. The way this combines three distinct spaces, the battle on the field, the father/son casual conversation and the immediate off-screen of Romenia just before the revolution is very engrossing.
In a complementary note as a football fan I must add than one element missing on all the English language writing on this film is how that game has certainly a strong nostalgic component to someone from Porumboiu generation, it is the greatest generation of Romanian players on the field, during the brief period when Steaua was a genuine European powerhouse (unthinkable today) and rather before the likes of Hagi and Popescu went away to play in western Europe, there is a reason why Porumboiu keep trying to talk up the players skills despite the match awful conditions and those add an extra layer to the action.