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Six Dreams is a six part documentary series following the trials and tribulations of six individuals of varying stature in La Liga during the 2017/2018 season. Switching perspective between grass-root players, coaches, managers and owners, Six Dreams is a comprehensive and oftentimes fascinating insight into one of the most revered leagues in the world. Although the series lacks some of the pure insightful passion seen with All Or Nothing, Six Dreams is still a very good documentary series.
Much like the flurry of other football documentaries released this year, Six Dreams follows a very similar format with its depiction of the beautiful game. Instead of following individual players or a single club for a season, Six Dreams takes a much broader perspective, focusing on six different individuals across La Liga on their journey through their respective seasons.
Mexican Andrés signs for Real Betis and we see his journey with the club, midfielder Saúl at Atletico Madrid adapts to life in a championship chasing team while Sevilla’s manager Berizzo struggles to keep the board and fans happy. Speedy striker Iñaki at Athletic Bilbao rounds out the four on-pitch players. Contrasting these varying personalities are Girona’s Sports Director Quique and fiercely competitive newcomers Eibar and in particular, their first female owner, President Amaia.
With the spotlight usually resting on Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, it’s somewhat refreshing to see these two reduced to bystanders in favour of the often overlooked mid-table and relegation threatened teams in this division. Watching these teams compete both on and off the pitch is the driving force for much of the series and the matches themselves are brought to life through the usual extravagant flamboyance of the Spanish commentary team. A variety of matches are shown highlighting key moments in the season for each team, cutting to crowd reactions and ending each match with a league table updated in real-time with points gained and teams rising and falling. It’s a small touch but one that really helps immerse you in the season and understand the trials and tribulations each manager is facing.
Of course, with the focus being on the premier Spanish league, it comes as no surprise that this documentary is spoken completely in Spanish. There are subtitles here but as more of a gripe toward Amazon Prime than the documentary itself, the chunky black outline and white writing obscure some of the sleek visual design of the documentary which does detract a little from the sleekness on display. The editing is generally pretty good although much like First Team: Juventus, some of the on-pitch action can be difficult to decipher with sporadic camera changes and rapid cutting to audience reactions during key moments in a match.
There will be those that inevitably compare this to All Or Nothing: Manchester City and it’s easy to see why. The premise and general set-up of the series is the same, with each episode lending itself to the next through a clever use of immersive storytelling and finishing each episode at a crucial dramatic moment. It’s a clever ploy but unlike All Or Nothing, the constantly changing perspective between different teams and players means you never fully immerse yourself in one club or player, and no more does this become apparent than when these teams play each other. Instead, Six Dream works best when it embraces the culture and spirit of football from a purely passive perspective, capturing the raw emotion and passion from fans in one of the best leagues in the world.
If you’re a fan of football or sport in general, Six Dreams is well worth checking out. The unique perspective on more of the mid-table and relegation threatened teams helps and the alternate perspectives works to give an overview of the league many regard as the best in the world. It may not be as slickly produced or emotionally absorbing as All Or Nothing: Manchester City but what it lacks in driven focus, it more than makes up for with the way it captures the essence of what makes La Liga such a great league.
Verdict - 8/10