The Keeper

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The extraordinary story of German POW Bert Trautmann. Talent-spotted playing football in the camp by the manager of St Helens Town, he stayed on in England at the end of the war and married the managers daughter. Facing down hostility and abuse for being German, he went on to be signed by Manchester City, securing victory for his team in the 1956 Cup Final despite a broken neck. Starring David Kross (The Reader) and Freya Mavor, and available to us within a month of cinema release, this promises to be a huge hit with Moviola audiences. If you only book one film this season, make it this one!Rosenmuellers film may struggle to articulate the complexities of Trautmanns character, but the role he played in changing public opinion cant be ignored and, if ever there was a story of forgiveness and reconciliation that needed retelling right now, it would surely be his. He arrived as an enemy, but went on to become the first foreign player to be voted Englands Player of the Year. Football alone may not be able to heal a nations deep wounds, but The Keeper suggests that, for at least 90 minutes, it can induce a much-needed sense of cohesion. thesetpieces.com

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