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Bend It Like Beckham

Gurinder Chadha / UK / 2002 / 112 min


A smash hit in its native United Kingdom and just about everywhere else, Chadha’s BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM is an irresistible stadium pleaser that infuses a BILLY ELLIOT-like coming-of-age story with charming British comedy, rousing sports action and an infectious, Bollywood-like zest. All teenager Jess Bhamra wants to do is play football with the lads, and dream about her idol, the England (and then-Manchester United) star David Beckham. Her traditional Sikh parents will have none of it, of course, lest other families whisper about their daughter running about and baring her legs in front of men. As Jess pursues her dream behind her parents’ back and worse, falls in love with her Irish coach she is forced to choose between family tradition and following her own heart. As in all her films, Chadha presents a rich portrait of cultural and generational conflicts, her vividly drawn characters celebrating the triumph of spirit while still affirming the deep-seated importance of familial bonds. Since its 2002 release, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM has remained a favorite with audiences and critics alike. As recently as 2006, it received a Billie Awards nomination for best film. It also has the distinction of being the first-ever Western-made film to be broadcast on North Korea's state-run television. And if that wasn't enough, the film features future stars Parminder K. Nagra and Keira Knightley. Taro Goto


  • Director: Gurinder Chadha
  • Producer: Deepak Nayar, Gurinder Chadha
  • Cinematographer: Jong Lin
  • Writer: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Guljit Bindra
  • Editor: Justin Krish


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Sat 03.19 400pm


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