BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
UK/ Germany /USA, 2002, 112’
A girl with passion and talent is held back by her traditional Sikh parents.
Bend It Like Beckham tells the story of Jess Bhamra, an 18-year-old English girl with Indian roots. She has one great passion: playing football! That is to the considerable consternation of her conservative and traditional Sikh parents. Her great model is David Beckham.
When someone her own age invites her to join in with the local women's team, the Hounslow Harriers, her talent is confirmed, and the way is paved towards a professional sporting career. But at home, she is forbidden to play with them any longer and is forced to pursue her passion in secret.
Director Gurinder Chatha intelligently tackles laden and poignant issues, including intercultural dilemmas, women's independence and the importance of family, but thanks to the relief of comical intermezzos and disarming interpretations, has put them into a film that is enjoyable for everyone.