‘Like Procedure Zero’ explores ‘household drama’ between Nick Bollettieri and Andre Agassi

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Tennis is in rotund swing at this year’s Toronto Global Movie Pageant. With the US Open tournament in Original York entering its closing weekend, North America’s grand film jamboree is screening Fight of the Sexes (starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs) and Borg/McEnroe (featuring Shia LaBeouf because the latter). Nevertheless perchance no one, even in those two movies, represents a persona as increased-than-lifestyles than famend, controversial ragged coach and prodigy-builder Nick Bollettieri.

Jason Kohn’s nice documentary Like Procedure Zero — a phenomenal pun of a title — gifts itself at the beginning as a biography of the garrulous, leather-skinned Bollettieri. Now 86 and residing in Florida, where his boot camp tennis academy once pumped out champions (as you may perchance perchance look within the clip, above), the retired coach sits in a chair with a old-fashioned courtroom within the encourage of him. “To receive to understand Nick, miniature one,” he yowls, speaking within the third-particular person. “Nick doesn’t peep encourage, Nick most attention-grabbing goes forward. In the occasion you requested me beautiful now to come up with the names of my eight higher halves, I couldn’t raise out it!”


Nevertheless Kohn presses on. It may perchance well perchance had been straightforward, because of Bollettieri’s argumentative persona and hilarious bon mots, for the film to applicable be a floor-stage legend of a a success eccentric. Nevertheless Like Procedure Zero is an incisive, colourful portrait of 1 man’s agonize, hubris, and reconciliation alongside with his previous. Taking level of interest because the film’s main discipline is the surrogate father-son relationship between Bollettieri and his most important pupil, Andre Agassi. Their partnership and subsequent breakup hint a haunting arc over the total account — no less highly wonderful for the fact that Agassi refused to participate within the film.


“The documentary became once at the beginning a extra straightforward peep at the lifestyles of a tennis coach I remembered fondly from my childhood,” director Jason Kohn tells EW. “Then Agassi refused to take a seat down down down for an interview, and all the pieces modified. I realized this wasn’t merely a historical film. It additionally had an impressive camouflage traumatic storyline. Even though they parted techniques over twenty years within the past, Agassi and Bollettieri were both smooth agonize — and so my sports actions documentary developed into a household drama.”

Like Procedure Zero premieres Sept. 15 at the Toronto Movie Pageant. Showtime plans to air the documentary subsequent year.

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