Muchachos: La película del pueblo

The diminutive figure of Lionel Messi was the focal point of Argentina’s 2022 World Cup triumph. Leading his nation in goals and assists, the captain was voted player of the match in five of their seven games. However, Argentina’s first global title since 1986 was a victory by committee, with key contributions from other players and the fans.

Midway through the tournament, Messi acknowledged the unrelenting support of the fans, highlighting the beauty of the bond with the national team and the fans’ passion, energy, and joy during every match.

A new documentary titled “Muchachos: La pelicula de la gente” (Lads: The people’s film) tells the story of Argentina’s World Cup triumph through the lens of the fans. The documentary takes an alternative look at the glorious triumph for Argentines on the pitch, in the stands, and back home.

The 100-minute documentary was scripted by Argentine writer Hernan Casciari and was released on December 7, 2023, almost a year after the triumph in Qatar. The film explores the various aspects of the tournament and unfolds the story of Argentina’s victory.

Argentina had been preparing for their epic quarter-final with the Netherlands, a contest which Messi’s side were forced to win via a penalty shootout after conceding two late goals. The documentary also covers Messi’s instantly iconic barb at Weghorst after the final whistle and the reaction to Messi’s defiance.

The filmmakers have delved into the anthropological aspects of the tournament, exploring various aspects of the game and its impact on the players and fans.

The documentary has been exclusively released in cinemas across Argentina, with more than 82,000 Argentinians attending the opening night. However, there has been no indication of a release in the UK or US. But the global appeal of Messi’s role in this triumph points towards a potential market for wider distribution in the near future.


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