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Flashback Friday-Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Tradition clashing with the modern world is as old the world itself. A young person rebelling against tradition to find their own path is also an often told story.

In Bend It Beckham (2002), Jess (Parminder Nagra) comes from a traditional Sikh family living in England. Her favorite activity is playing soccer. She hopes to play professionally one day. But a good Indian girl from a traditional Sikh family does not play soccer, either informally or professionally. Jules (Keira Knightley) also wants to play soccer professionally, but her mother prefers that her daughter become a proper lady.

Coached by Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), the girls believe that their future lays on the soccer field. But pressure at home will make the girls question their choices. Will Jess and Jules follow their hearts (and their talent) or will they bow to the pressure and become the good girls that their families want them to be?

I have not seen this movie in a long time, but I connected with it. I think we all reach a time in our lives when we have to choose between what our loves think is best and what we know is the only way live our lives.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-The Governess

Sometimes, in life, it is the challenges the define us.

In the 1998 movie, The Governess, Rosina da Silva (Minnie Driver) is the daughter of a privileged Sephardi  Jewish family. When her father dies, she takes a position as a governess in the home of Charles Cavendish (Tom Wilkinson).  Mr. Cavendish’s wife (Harriet Walter) takes little notice of her husband’s work.  Rosina, under the name of Mary Blackchurch, has an affair with her employer while his teenage son, Henry (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) also starts to look differently at his sister’s governess.

I enjoy this movie. It is quiet, simple British indie drama was a top notch cast and a story that draws the audience in.

Do I recommend this movie? Yes.

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