The Referees

The Referees

How can a few crucial minutes in a football match change the life of an entire family? How do the "men in black" feel when they are attacked by supporters? The Referees unveils the lives of several professional football referees at the EURO 2008 championship; amongst them, the English referee Howard Webb, who provoked incredible controversy when he gave a penalty to Austria just before the end of the match with Poland, and the Italian Roberto Rosetti, who refereed the final. 3.1 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
The Referees

Omniscore:

Certificate 15
Genre Documentary
Director Eric Cardot, Lehericey Delphine Yves Hinant
Cast Manuel Mejuto González, Roberto Rosetti Howard Webb
Studio Soda Pictures
Release Date August 2011
Running Time 77
 

How can a few crucial minutes in a football match change the life of an entire family? How do the "men in black" feel when they are attacked by supporters? The Referees unveils the lives of several professional football referees at the EURO 2008 championship; amongst them, the English referee Howard Webb, who provoked incredible controversy when he gave a penalty to Austria just before the end of the match with Poland, and the Italian Roberto Rosetti, who refereed the final.

Reviews

The Guardian

Peter Bradsh

There is something compelling and slightly eerie about seeing a match with the crowd-volume turned down almost to zero while we listen in to the audio channel between the referee and his assistants, formerly known as linesmen, communicating via headsets

04/08/2011

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

Eschewing voice-over, director Yves Hinant spotlights the reality of an occupation where an unpopular call can result in death threats.

03/08/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

[The referees] have what most of the childlike millionaires they discipline lack – character

07/08/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhuv Sandhu

It’s charming... contrary to what their legions of detractors believe, [referees] love the beautiful game.

04/08/2011

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Empire Magazine

Simon Crook

Defining shot: an Italian linesman practising his flag-waving in front of a dressing room mirror.

15/08/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcom

Howard Webb... puts on a display of refereeing that should makes us proud to be Brits.

05/08/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

While this documentary is more suited to television than the cinema, it does provide fly-on-the-wall insight.

05/08/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

The footage is simple but engrossing, and it reminds us that the men in black are only human and have a nerve-racking job to do

07/08/2011

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Time Out

Wally Hammond

Presumptuous, mildly diverting and intentionally myopic

08/04/2011

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