An English teacher brings soccer from England to Germany in the late 19th Century by teaching it to his class.
I’ve caught this on TV the other day, so I didn’t have any expectations. The title seemed interesting enough and I decided to give it a try.
A few things you should know about the movie, first, without spoiling anything. The movie starts slow, so if you’re impatient, this isn’t for you. It has a good reason to do so, it develops very well most of the characters, as well as the stage. The actors, the set, everything does a great job to transport you back in time to 1870’s Germany. Oh, and expect some unreasonable behavior, like body punishment against children, but to a tolerable extent. This was after all, 1870’s.
The characters are well developed, the stage is beautifully set. If initially I was just curious about the movie, as the time passed I started to care about the protagonists and I was literally drawn into the action. Drama is not my first choice of movie by far, but this movie impressed me because it touches mostly on the key word: “team play”. It’s also about fair play, choices, love, children, parenting, freedom of expression, history, as well as a story about (German) football.
I would recommend this to anyone who cares about what is right. 7/10 with a warmly recommendation.
Director: Sebastian Grobler
Writers: Sebastian Grobler (story), Raoul B. Reinert (story), Philipp Roth
Stars: Daniel Brühl, Burghart Klaußner, Thomas Thieme
Country of origin: Germany
Languages: German, English
Filming locations: Bad Lauterberg, Lower Saxony, Germany
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 1.02 GiB
Duration : 1 h 53 min
Overall bit rate : 1 284 kb/s