Time Trial

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    Time Trial

    Directed by

    • Finlay Pretsell

    United Kingdom

    2017

    81 min

    • English

    Documentary

    This portrait follows the former British road racing cyclist David Millar during his last cycling season. Director Finlay Pretsell has Millar tell his own story, and allows us to feel the impact the sport has on the cyclist. Immersed in the cyclist’s experience through the camera on Millar’s handlebars, we see his sweat and breathe with him in his race against the clock—he's not getting any younger, and he wants to secure his spot in the Tour de France one last time. Simply by filming the cyclists, sometimes in slow motion, sometimes blurred and shaky, Pretsell makes us feel as if we too are slogging through the rain. We experience the euphoria of the race, but also the tedium. Music evocative of the piercing, repetitive rattle of a bicycle chain captures the endlessness of the route. The swelling, hypnotic sounds underlying the slow-motion footage make the peloton seem like a heard of hunted animals driven ever onwards. Time Trial shows just how far a man will go in his will to win.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Martin Radich
    Editing
    Kieran Gosney
    Dino Jonsäter
    Production
    CYCLING FILMS
    Sales
    AUTLOOK FILMSALES

    Press

    Immersive and surprisingly intimate...

    Damon Wise, Variety