Love means zero

dir. Jason Kohn 2017 USA 90 min.
2017- IDFA Amsterdam, 2017 – IFF Toronto
A tragicomic portrait of the coach of a teenage Andre Agassi.

Meet Nick Bollettieri, famed tennis academy owner and coach to some of the game’s greats from Andre Agassi to Monica Seles to Boris Becker. In his quest for success, Bollettieri took extreme measures in his coaching, insisting that his students live with him and treating his top players like family; the drama of his relationships with them often approached Shakespearean status. Perhaps his most publicly disastrous conflict was with former protégé Andre Agassi whose refusal to participate in the film becomes the catalyst for filmmaker Jason Kohn’s good-natured probe into the psyche of this proud and prickly character, prone to referring to himself in the third person and not naturally inclined toward introspection. Champions such as Kathleen Horvath, Jim Courier, Boris Becker, and Carlin Bassett, who more or less survived Bollettieri’s mercurial mentorship, round out the picture while archival footage brings back the drama of fateful matches.

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