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Apr1,2024


A scene from 'The Beautiful Game'

A scene from 'The Beautiful Game'

Vinny (Michael Ward) seems to have football running through his veins, but he rejects Mal's (Bill Nighy) approach to play in the Homeless World Cup in Rome. He insists he is not homeless, although he is living out of his car. The Homelessness World Cup is an annual tournament aimed at ending homelessness through football.

Former West Ham scout and current manager of England's homeless football team, Mal Kayam and Vinnie team up with Cal (Kit Young), Nathan (Callum Scott Howells), Jason (Shay Cole), Kevin (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and Eldar. Have joined. (Robin Nazari). Despite being talented, Vinny is clingy and refuses to get along with the rest of the team, despite his best efforts. As the film progresses, we learn the stories of the players – British and players from other countries.

Representing the United States is Rosita (Christina Rodello), a standout striker who hopes the competition will grant her a way to stay in the country rather than being deported like her parents. There's the Japanese squad where manager Mika (Aoi Okuyama) hopes the team can find dignity and purpose through the World Cup.

The Beautiful Game (English)

director: Thea Sharrock

mold: Bill Nighy, Michael Ward, Valeria Golina, Susan Wokoma, Callum Scott Howells, Kit Young, Shaye Cole, Tom Vaughan-Lawler, Robin Nazari, Aoi Okuyama, Christina Rodello

run-time: 125 minutes

Story: A squad of British footballers compete in the Homeless World Cup and discover hope

Sister Protesia (Susan Wokoma) uses all her powers of persuasion, questionable pronunciation and all, to get her South African team to the championship on time. Homeless World Cup chairwoman Gabriela (Valeria Golina) teases Mal about her team's chances.

Despite including real-life players who have played in previous tournaments, the beautiful game Although fictional, the stories are a mix of different players' experiences. The matches are exciting and we are invested in Mal's team. Although the depiction of homelessness is not particularly realistic, the beautiful game Nighy's personality floats in a sea of ​​good intentions and wonderful merchandise.

Vinny isn't particularly likable. He's downright obnoxious at times (full marks for Ward's realization of this irritating person) and although we're given parts of his story, there are still a lot of questions that remain unanswered. The reasons for the consignment are explained, but not completely. Several subplots, including a romantic one featuring an organic fish as an apology, find the film running around like a panicked horse. Perhaps if writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce had focused on fewer threads, it would have made a denser film. However, all is forgiven in the spirit of the beautiful game – a term apparently popularized by the famous footballer Pelé.

The Beautiful Game is currently streaming on Netflix

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