14A, coarse language, brief violence.
Dir: Marcus H. Rosenmüller, UK, 2019, 113 min. David Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw. In English and some German with English subtitles.
“Based on an incredible true story, The Keeper follows Bert Trautmann, a German soldier interned at a British P.O.W. camp, whose exceptional skills as a football goalkeeper get him noticed by the manager of an English team. Meanwhile, a love blossoms between the manager’s daughter and Bert despite local hostility. In addition to the disapproval of his relationship, Bert’s subsequent signing by Man City brings passionate protests from the people of Manchester, a city that had been severely bombed in the War. However, against all odds he won over even his harshest critics during the FA Cup Final for Manchester City in 1956. The Keeper covers all the bases when it comes to a feel-good and uplifting biopic. It’s heartfelt, it covers redemption and reconciliation and it handles the end of the war with dignity, respect and heart. The Keeper also has that small town British humour and quirkiness most of us have come to love. You will learn something and you will fall in love with this man, who somehow got the British public to accept a German prisoner of war as one of their own literally months after the war. A wonderful film you really have to get out and see.” – Jason King, Salty Popcorn