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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972)

Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (original title)
A goalkeeper Josef Bloch is ejected during a game for foul play. He leaves the field and goes to spend the night with a cinema cashier.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Brauss ...
Erika Pluhar ...
Libgart Schwarz ...
Marie Bardischewski ...
Michael Toost ...
Bert Fortell ...
Edda Köchl ...
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Ernst Meister ...
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A goalkeeper Josef Bloch is ejected during a game for foul play. He leaves the field and goes to spend the night with a cinema cashier.

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13 January 1977 (USA)  »

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23 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found "Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter" (1972) to be an engaging movie. Most movies attempt to explain or reveal character motivations, especially if they murder. In this one, the main character named Bloch (Arthur Brauss) murders and the movie makes no attempt to explain it explicitly. That's designed to arouse one's curiosity and keep one engaged. In my case, it did. In addition, there are strange conversations and some unexplained actions, such as 3 rowdies beating up Bloch. These also arouse curiosity. Bloch is a fellow who has found that his position as goalie is mostly ignored by spectators, and he responds accordingly, even leaving the net when the ball is way down field and controlled by his team. Ejection from the game triggers his wandering without being a direct cause of the totality of his thinking and behaving.

Bloch's attracted to a movie cashier (Erika Pluhar), and they have sex. Yet when she opens her mouth, she's distressingly ordinary and so is her thirst for sex. This puts him off (it seems) and he kills her. Much later in the story, a mute boy is killed too, and we suspect Bloch. He looks out over a patch of water where a short time later the body is found. We are quite sure Bloch committed this crime too. Yet he's no raving lunatic. He fits right in, although he irritates his former lover (Kai Fisher). He's actually trying to escape but a border crossing has been made very difficult because of a minefield. Killing the boy near the border can only have brought more attention to him, but the authorities are ineffective and people near him who might have suspected him do not. There's even a sketch of him in the papers. One suspects that he'll get caught sooner or later, but that's not the main point of the movie.

Bloch seems to have lost his bearings and with that loss, his moral compass. He's wandering, and he sees things strangely, not conventionally. His sense of humor has altered. The social fabric as felt in this movie seems to have been torn rather seriously. This sets people like Bloch adrift and they revert to predation. The guys who beat him up are another example of this. People seem mostly to be talking past one another. The behavior of the people around Bloch who do not kill anyone is not all that different from his. He fits in. The story suggests that the sense of wandering and drift is not confined to Bloch. He's simply a more graphic example of it.

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