A small-town tale of Niels, a 14-year-old boy with nothing on his mind but handball. His coach, recognizing his great goal-keeping talent, takes special care of him. On the night of the qualification rounds for the final Danish championships, the coach throws a party for the whole team and lets Niels and his girlfriend Pernille use his bedroom, but Niels falls asleep and things take a surprising turn, which puts Niels under pressure both on and off the field.
The film is suitable as a basis for discussion in the Danish, social studies or health and sex education on the taboo topic: sexual assault. The film is produced to create awareness about the issue and gives students insight into the psychology associated with such attacks. “The coach” is a fiction film that depicts the guilt and shame associated with sexual offenses and offenses against children and adolescents. The film focuses on the secrecy humiliation and the secrecy following the crackdown. The main character Niels subjected to an assault. Assaults Man’s handball coach, someone who Niels otherwise have great confidence. The coach is seductive and manipulative, but he is also well-liked by the other young, Niels’ family and the surrounding community. He buys Niels’ silence with new shoes and favoritism. The cost of detection is significant. Niels risks losing its status on the basketball team, his friends and girlfriend. Niels alters personality and become trapped, anxious and moody. The film’s open ending gives good opportunity for creative participation and open to various options. This dilemma is ideal for class discussion. What should Niels do? What is the class afford Niels?
Speciel a delicate theme. and the right manner to show it. a handball coach. and a brilliant goalkeeper. a victory. and the night after. and the precise build of a painful certitude. “The Coach” is, first, a courageous film. and a good example to give the precise nuances to a drama who has high chances to be present in every youth collective.and this fact does the film of Lars Mikkelsen important. the delicacy to explore a not comfortable subject. the science to present the states of Niels- joy, fear, suspicion, trust, confusion, the impact with the truth.and the final scene. it is one of films -key to reality. and the care to suggest, to use the silence as basic tool, the looks, the gestures, the fall on the beach and the telephone call, the night before the great match, the return at home are pieces of a real special work.
Director: Lars Kristian Mikkelsen
Writers: Lars Detlefsen, Lars Kristian Mikkelsen
Stars: Jens Albinus, Marina Bouras, Christian Bæk
Release Date: 23 April 2009 (Denmark)
Also Known As: The Coach
Filming Locations: Fyn, Denmark
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media / Version 2
Codec ID : mp42 (isom/mp42)
File size : 373 MiB
Duration : 32mn 1s
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 1 629 Kbps