Appellate Judge James A. Stewart isn't yelling for Cadel, since he can't be heard across the Atlantic.
Our review of The Heart Of The Peloton, published September 18th, 2010, is also available.
"The voices of the Tour…They come from the actors themselves: the rides, the sportive directors, the fans…"
Since 1903, the number of bicyclists competing in the Tour de France has topped ten thousand, according to the annual race's official site. Yell for Cadel only follows one of them, Australian Cadel Evans of the Silence-Lotto team, as he competes in 2008. At the start, viewers are promised a "unique backstage documentary." What it delivers is a well-done verite look at the Tour de France through Cadel's eyes and experiences. You'll see Cadel going through time trials, donning the leader's yellow jersey, being patched up after a fall, and dealing with fans. You'll also see his team talking about his riding.
What makes Yell for Cadel work is context, in the form of on-screen text at the start of each segment explaining what you're about to see and the background behind it. Thus, you're able to figure out who's talking and what's going on right away, so the images rushing at you aren't just a jumble.
The picture is sharp and clear. That's a big plus during POV segments that put the viewer in the rider's seat as Cadel rides beautiful stretches of countryside or pulls into a town with streets lined with cheering fans. The sound isn't totally verite, as music pulses through many of the scenes. This occasionally drowns out a line of dialogue, but it's mixed in skillfully for the most part.
Extras include interviews with Cadel, team leader Roberto Damiani, and Cadel's wife Chiara Evans. The best line in an interview comes from Chiara, who tells viewers that her "job" is to distract Cadel so he won't constantly think of the race. Also featured are time trials, an aerodynamic tunnel test, and a red cord treatment session that's part of Cadel's injury rehab. There are also a few clips from other cycling films, but they're essentially trailers.
You might prefer a little less music and a little more ambient sound, but Yell for Cadel otherwise does as well as a verite film could in capturing the feel of a major racing event without giving viewers saddle sores.
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