- United Passions, opened in the US on Friday (June 5)
- The film was funded 90% by FIFA. (estimated $27 million)
- Directed by French filmmaker Frederic Auburtin
- On Rotten Tomatoes, the rating for 'United Passions' currently stands at 0% Fresh.
Starring Tim Roth as Sepp Blatter, Gérard Depardieu as Jules Rimet
and Sam Neill as João Havelange 'United Passions' is a fictionalised
chronicle of the life and times of FIFA.
The Plot for the movie is RIDICULOUS:
An epic, untold story that brings to life the inspiring saga of the
World Cup and the three determined men who created it. Driven by their
vision and passion, three men, overcame their doubts and fought obstacles
and scandals to make the World Cup a reality. Spanning the tumultuous
20th Century, this timeless saga celebrates the event that became the
most popular sporting event in the world.
From The Guardian (Jordan Hoffman)
"Even without the current headlines, United Passions is a disgrace.
It's less a movie than preposterous self-hagiography, more appropriate
for Scientology or the Rev Sun Myung Moon. As cinema it is excrement.
As proof of corporate insanity it is a valuable case study."
New York Times (Daniel M Gold)
"United Passions is one of the most unwatchable films in
recent memory, a dishonest bit of corporate-suite sanitising
that's no good even for laughs... there is barely a nod to
the corruption scandals that have plagued FIFA for decades.
"Instead, what passes for drama comes when Mr Blatter assumes
command in 1998. He is shocked, shocked, to find affairs in
disarray and tells his executive committee there's a new sheriff
'Some of you feel this is an opportunity to close lucrative deals.
Think again.' And,'The slightest breach of ethics will be punished.'"
Village Voice (Ashley Clark)
"The timing of the American release, then, couldn't be more
bitterly ironic: It was intended to commemorate the inevitable
re-election of Blatter, a man so confident of securing a fifth
successive term that he didn't publish a manifesto. Instead,
its shameless propaganda has been made to look even more
laughable - a remarkable feat."
Source: digitalspy.co.uk - Film Festivals and Indie Films - RT