This documentary by local filmmaker Terry Kegel tries to do with soccer what Babies tried to do with babies. That is, use the subject to remind us that a particular love is actually something closer to a universal love, with interesting variations in its expression all over the globe. If you say, "Duh"—well, yeah.
Everyone in the world loves babies. Almost as many people in the world love soccer. Do we need another bit of proof for this, especially during the World Cup?
Can't hurt. Especially if you're interested in the way the game is most commonly played: not as highly produced battles in fancy new stadiums, but as pickup games involving anyone who can kick a ball on, say, the beaches of Brazil, the cement courts of Thailand, or the dirt fields of Nigeria.
I Speak Soccer attempts a sort of joyful anthropological study of how the culture of pickup soccer differs—and, most charmingly, does not differ—in these three places. If you've found it mysteriously soothing to watch the game as it's played at the World Cup level, this will also soothe. If you've found it un-mysteriously exciting to see shirtless men on a soccer pitch, this will also provide shirtless men (though on a makeshift pitch and, in this case, shirtless for much of the game, rather than only after). If you have an interest in the wider world, a tolerance for no-frills filmmaking, and the time, check it out.
IndieFlix will screen I Speak Soccer at Roy St. Coffee & Tea at 8 p.m. tonight. The event is free and open to the public. Running time is 84 minutes.