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Bend It Like Beckham

Published: 10.09.2010, Updated: 03.03.2017
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Many teenagers dream of playing in the big leagues. What does it take to make their dreams come true?

Bend It Like Beckham is a comedy film set in London about a young girl with a big and apparently impossible dream. Jessminder Bhamra is a teenager that simply loves football and like very many teenagers, with a heart set on a future as a pro. Why is this dream so unattainable? Well, even if Jessminder is talented, she is a girl and to make it even more complicated – she is a second generation East Indian immigrant. To reach her goal and her aspiration to become a female “Beckham”, she has to bend a number of rules in the close-knit Indian community. The Irish born coach Joe and Jules, her female captain on the team, represent valuable help as well as obstacles on her way to further her goal.

Watch this clip from YouTube.

 



Tasks and Activities

 

Comprehension

Make questions to these answers:

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Because her parents thought football was not suitable for girls.


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They lived in London, near Heathrow Airport.


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Her mum and dad, her sister and a lot of aunts and uncles and cousins.


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She kept the football training a secret from her parents.


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He thought Jess had an extraordinary talent for football.


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They went to Germany to play in a tournament.


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Because she was called “Paki” by one of the other players.


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Because Jules saw Jess kissing Joe.


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Because it was the night of her sister’s wedding.


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David Beckham.


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They went to the USA to play for a professional team for girls.

 

Discuss

  1. What kind of rules does Jessminder have to bend?
  2. What kind of culture clashes do you spot in the clip?
  3. How do you think role models like Beckham are important for  teenagers?

 

Film Café

To arrange a film café can be a rewarding way to work with film. The classroom is simply made into a café and the students are assigned different characters in the film. Then they are invited to the café to drink tea and chat with the other characters. In this way the students get the opportunity to explore the different characters by taking their point of view.

The following film café focuses on the characters in the movie Bend It Like Beckham and their relationship to other characters in the film. To arrange the café simply follow the instructions here.

 

 

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