Volleyball witches and holy lobster at the Rotterdam Festival | movie theater

Julien Faraut’s previous film about tennis player John McEnroe was called The Empire of Perfection – the title could be applied without removing or attracting Les Sorcières de l’Orient (large-screen competition), which the French director brought to the Rotterdam World Festival. Because one of the things that stands out in the Japanese women’s volleyball team, which won the gold medal at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, is the absolute, obsessive, almost manic pursuit of perfection. Active now in the 1970s, the surviving players are talking about a training session that lasted until two or three in the morning and was pushed to the limit by a coach who survived in the jungles of Burma during World War II. The team’s record – 258 straight wins without a single loss – has never been exceeded.