Quick bites

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television - Lyn­dall Crisp

Bend It Like Beck­ham

Satur­day, 7pm, Seven

A good choice for a hol­i­day weekend. This 2002 com­edy-drama about Jess (Par­min­der Na­gra), the teenage daugh­ter of tra­di­tional In­dian par­ents liv­ing in Lon­don and mad about soc­cer, has the distinc­tion of be­ing the first Western film to be shown, in 2010, on North Korean tele­vi­sion. Her par­ents have for­bid­den her to play be­cause she’s a girl but, like most teenagers, she ig­nores them and se­cretly joins the lo­cal women’s team. Jess is good; she’s en­cour­aged by her new friend Jules (Keira Knight­ley) and they end up win­ning scholarships to a Californian univer­sity. Funny and mov­ing as it tack­les cul­tural dif­fer­ences, the movie won lots of awards and be­came the high­est gross­ing In­dian-themed film in the US with $US32 mil­lion in box-of­fice rev­enue.

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