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Once described as a young professional tennis prodigy, Thomas (Cesar-winner Alex Lutz) never had the career in the game he had hoped for. At 37, he decides to return to the French Open at Rolland Garros, in spite of his declining physical fitness and shattered knee. Although his wife Eve (Ana Girardot) and mother Judith (Oscar-nominee Kirstin Scott Thomas) advise him to give up on his unlikely ambition, Thomas obsessively perseveres. He will have to face his own demons as well as the intense competitive qualifying rounds to reach the tournament – and eventually face a young tennis genius who, disturbingly, reminds him of his younger self.
France, 2020, 105 minutes, Not Rated, In French with English subtitles, Directed by Quentin Reynaud
"Exciting and powerful....The finale is breath taking. We recommend this film even if you are not a tennis fan."—Vivamost
"The cinematography is so good that it becomes a breathtaking character of its own. Combining close-ups of Lutz and his opponents with ground-level shots of the match play, every point won or lost is conveyed in brilliant detail. Reynaud, in Final Set, achieves what few directors have in elevating the sports film genre to cinematic art."—Film Threat
"Alex Lutz aces every scene as the impossibly driven Thomas, playing his part both on and off the court with skill and awareness of his character’s psychology. Lending strong support are Kristin Scott Thomas as Thomas’ drill-sergeant-like mom and Ana Girardot as his wife, an accomplished athlete who tabled her own tennis dreams. Everything about Final Set feels like the real deal, from the closet full of tennis rackets to the intense tennis match making up its final minutes. It deserves much more fanfare than it’s received."—The Mercury News
"Writer-director Quentin Reynaud is never guilty of dumbing down the logistics of the game in order to appeal to a broader audience. Instead, he allows 20 minutes of real-time match play, a thrillingly shot and edited sequence, to serve as the film's climax; and Lutz, in addition to turning in a compelling performance as an athlete raging against the dying of the light, is also a genuinely fine tennis player himself, utterly convincing as a pro."—Cine-file
"Final Set avoids all the usual tropes. It's a must-see."—Easy Reader