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Seve review

The golfing life of Seve Ballesteros

Centred on one of the world’s most charismatic golfers, Spain’s Seve Ballesteros, John-Paul Davidson’s docudrama is an awkward mix of archive, interviews and biopic, showing the young Seve (José Luis Gutiérrez) as the poor son of a farmer, practising on the beach with a homemade club.

Oiled with voiceovers from the late Ballesteros and others (even Jimmy Tarbuck), the real footage is so compelling, it makes you wish Davidson had simply cut a documentary. Yet however under par it gets, it’s impossible not to shed a tear as the final chapter in Ballesteros’ oft-magical life unfolds.

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James Mottram is a freelance film journalist, author of books that dive deep into films like Die Hard and Tenet, and a regular guest on the Total Film podcast. You'll find his writings on GamesRadar+ and Total Film, and in newspapers and magazines from across the world like The Times, The Independent, The i, Metro, The National, Marie Claire, and MindFood.