Monday, March 14, 2011

Sixty Six

2006, UK, directed by Paul Weiland

More interesting in conception than execution - a Jewish coming-of-age set against the backdrop of the 1966 World Cup in England - Sixty Six generally makes good use of what's clearly a pretty limited budget, and finds a nice niche in the gentrifying Jewish East End, but suffers from inconsistencies of tone: it can't decide whether to be a pretty wry comedy or a depressive drama, with some characters fitting poorly into the overall scheme of things, while the slow tone drains the drama which should be key to any film driven by the rhythms of a sports tournament.

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