Kill The Referee (les Arbitres)

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Featuring infamous referees Pierluigi Collina and Howard Webb, who provoked controversy after his performance at the 2010 World Cup Final, THE REFEREES exposes fans to a new dimension of the beautiful game. For the first time, filmmakers have been given unfettered access to go behind the scenes at an International tournament, following the refereeing teams on and off the pitch as they compete for the prize to referee the final. Revealing the micâ(TM)ed conversations between referees, players and their assistants, this film delves into the refereesâ(TM) world as they face abuse from managers, death threats from fans and their every decision to be scrutinized around the world.


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  • In its depiction of loneliness, The Referees slightly resembles the Channel Four TV documentary Graham Taylor: The Impossible Job, from 1994.

    Aug 4, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Even for footy fans, the film's a game of guesswork.

    Aug 3, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • What gives Les Arbitres an edge is that we can hear the dialogue between the referee and the players in the heat of battle.

    Aug 19, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a sober film, and impressionistic rather than analytical, with no commentary and no direct identification of teams, speakers or venues.

    Aug 7, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The picture provides a compelling insight into the mindset required to be one of the "men in black": tough, masochistic and deeply vain.

    Aug 5, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If you've ever wondered how international referees deal with spoilt millionaires who play football and then Twitter their disgust at their decisions, watch this movie.

    Aug 5, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

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