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Bend it Like Beckham


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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


Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Keira Knightley

Parminder K. Nagra




Features The Female Gaze Closed Captions South Asian Britain on Film


12 Contains moderate language and sexual references





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