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Bend it Like Beckham 2002 12

112 mins Germany Director. Gurinder Chadha

Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra) is a typical Asian teenager in many senses, aside from her obsession with football, a hobby which offends the sensibilities of her traditional Indian parents. When she's talent-spotted by another local teen, Jules (Keira Knightley), Jess is introduced to the exciting possibilities of both a girls’ football team and its attractive coach, Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Soon she’s on a collision course with her parents and on the cusp of making some pivotal decisions about her future.

Gurinder Chadha’s irresistibly winning film was a smash hit in its day, striking a chord with audiences for its celebration of football alongside a sensitive culture-clash drama and spiky comedy. Its later adaptation as a hit West End musical is testament to an effortless charm and enduring appeal.

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Directed by

Gurinder Chadha

Featuring

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Keira Knightley

Parminder K. Nagra

Genres

Sport

Collection

Features The Female Gaze Closed Captions South Asian Britain on Film

Certificate

12 Contains moderate language and sexual references

Released

2002

Country

Germany

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