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Playoff tells the story of legendary Israeli basketball coach Ralph Klein. He became a national hero, when he made Maccabi Tel Aviv into European Champions in the late Seventies, one of Israel's first great international sporting successes. But Max became a national traitor equally fast, when he then accepted the against-all-odds job of turning the totally hopeless West-German basketball team - of all people! - into European winners. Max always maintains that Germany - where he was born before the war - means nothing to him, and that training their national team is just another job on his path to NBA glory. But things aren't as simple as he refuses to speak German to the young players. The only person he seems to be able to relate to is a Turkish immigrant woman Deniz, and her cheeky teenage daughter Sema. Max just about falls in love with Deniz - and does succeed in reinventing the Germans as European champions. When he discovers what happened to his own family in the 1940s - it is ... Written by
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A good film, but marketed as a sports movie, this is doomed to be getting worse grades than it deserves. I was also expecting a great sports movie, but don't mind seeing something unexpected. This is a German/French/Isreali-production where the theme is ghosts or demons of the war.
It's a true story about the German Jew and Israeli national hero Max Stoller after coaching Israelians to become European champions. Taking on a trainer job in Germany 39 years after fleeing the country as a Jew during the 2nd world war changes the story, but he's just as much there hunting old ghosts.
This is a human drama, and not so much a sports movie, though the sport is in the basics as well. Well played by Danny Huston and Max Riemelt, I found the film interesting, but quite slow.
Great photography, nice storytelling. Well worth a watch.
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