Senna (2010)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

United Kingdom/France, 2010.  , , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Film Editing by ,

The short life of race car driver  is examined in this documentary that follows his meteoric rise to fame before a tragic death in a car accident. Senna began competing in Formula One races in the eighties and enjoyed a strong career, including three world championships, that saw him become a national folk hero to the people of Brazil. It wasn’t long before a darker cloud was cast on his public image: the weaknesses of ego affected his achievements on the track and his veneer showed some wear and tear, including a volatile relationship with team mate , who went quickly from best friend to foe. Director Asif Kapadia is not manipulative enough to create a story arc that sees Senna inevitably head towards his own doom, but there is a suggestion of drama that one cannot help but allow to influence the trajectory between success and tragic demise. There’s a lot of great footage and, thankfully, very little speculation beyond people’s memories of the various key moments in the subject’s life.


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