Here we are going to focus on the characters in the movie Bend It Like Beckham and their relationships to the other characters.
What Is a 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 below.
Instructions to the Teacher
- Before you start, make arrangements with students to make tea/coffee, buy snacks, name tags, arrange tables and chairs in groups.
- Place posters or name tags on the tables, all the students that represent Jessminder and Jules should be seated together and so on...while the students make their questions. Spend about 30 min.
- Welcome all "the characters" with their name tags to the café by checking their tickets (i.e. that they have prepared questions) and lead them to the correct tables.
- The characters start posing their questions to their counterparts and they try to answer the questions. In this way they can explore the characters. Assign about 30 min. to this. The group should be prepared to sum up in class what they have found out about their characters.
- Sum up in class and discuss if the café in any way contributed to further understanding of the characters and their motifs.
- the film 1hr 53 min.
- the café: a double lesson
Instructions for the Student
You are going to further explore the characters in the film by acting out conversations in a "film café". The teacher will assign characters to each of you, and you will meet your counterpart for a talk to find out who did what and why.
- Bring a sheet of paper with your character’s name on it, and key words about your character’s relationship to another person + questions (see below)
- Bring a name tag
The sheet of paper mentioned above will be your ticket to the café. Without it – no admittance!
Roles and Relationships
At the café your role will be one of those listed below. On a sheet of paper write down key words concerning your character. Also write down key words related to the person mentioned in the parenthesis. Finally write down five questions which you will later ask this person. These questions should deal with conflicts or issues from the film.
- Jessminder (relationship – Jules)
- Jules (relationship – Jessminder)
- Joe-the coach (relationship – Tony, your personal/life experience from similar issues, your choices and your life afterwards and in the present)
- Tony (relationship – Joe-the coach, your personal/life experience from similar issues, your choices and your life afterwards and in the present)
- Jules’s mother (relationship to your daughter, the role of a mother – especially in the present situation – which is to be compared and discussed with Jessminder’s mother)
- Jules’s father (relationship to your daughter, the role of a father – especially in the present situation – which is to be compared and discussed with Jessminder’s father)
- Jessminder’s father (relationship to your daughter, the role of a father – especially in the present situation – which is to be compared and discussed with Jules’s father)
- Jessminder’s mother (relationship to your daughter, the role of a mother – especially in the present situation – which is to be compared and discussed with Jules’s mother)
At the café
Your teacher will organise the acting out of the conversations in one of your English classes. It is essential that you use your imagination to identify with the characters and truly committ yourself to the conflicts in the film.
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