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Parents' Guide to

The Keeper

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Moving sports biopic has some violence, strong language.

Movie NR 2019 120 minutes
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Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction; for proof, look no further than the story at the heart of this superb sporting biopic. From German POW to one of the greatest goalkeepers to play soccer in England, Bert's life is filled with unlikely and unbelievable events. The fact that many of them are tragic only adds to the drama. Soccer fans may be aware of certain aspects of Bert's life -- the events of the 1956 FA Cup Final are legendary -- but this is a comprehensive look at an extraordinary life.

German actor Kross is excellent as the determined Bert, who's wrestling with his own past. But it's Mavor's Margaret who captures viewers' sympathy and admiration in a time when women were very much kept in the shadows. The movie doesn't gloss over the events of WWII, nor does it exempt Bert from his role. But its gaze is looking forward, not back, with the overall message being one of forgiveness. It's also worth noting that the soccer sequences are impressively realistic -- not something that can be said for all sports movies. But whether you're a sports fan or not, The Keeper is an inspirational tale that needs to be seen to be believed.

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