The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter)

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A loose adaptation of a novelette by author Peter Handke, this early effort from acclaimed director Wim Wenders follows penalized goalie Joseph Bloch (Arthur Brauss) as he makes his way through the city after missing penalty kick and getting suspended from a game. Wandering by a local cinema, Joseph picks up the pretty cashier and the two spend the night together. Inexplicably strangling the girl in the light of the morning, the seemingly unaffected Joseph makes his way through the city streets as emotion begins to boil under the surface of his stony gaze. Making his way to an old girlfriends house in the country, the emotionally shattered goalie has little to do but wait for the police to close in on him. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter)

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  • Wenders is not just playing on the romance of America, but also its dark side. Bloch's America is the America of Jim Thompson. This is America as a lawless and cruel place of violence.

    July 13, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • This is toxic masculinity masquerading as boredom, with Wenders' refusal to give it emotional adornment only adding to the sense of existential strangeness of the whole affair.

    August 4, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick is artistic and pensive, and requires a lot of patience. But it also gut-punches you with all the tenderness of a streamliner.

    March 3, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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