Leistungskurs Englisch 13.1    mock klausur   November 9, 2006

ŘFilm: Scene 63 (chapter 16) from Bend It Like Beckham  (3:19 min.)
ŘScript: Extract from the dialogue transcript of the film Bend It Like Beckham (chapter 18/scene 68):

Jess: How am I going to tell 'em, Tony? I'll have to now, or I'll end up a solicitor, bored out of my mind.

Tony: Come with me. Mum, Uncle, Auntie, we've got something we want to tell you.

Auntie: Why is he holding her hand?

Tony: You know, we've been good friends for a long time now. We'd like to ask for your blessings. We'd like to get engaged. But there's one condition: I want Jesminder to go to college first, anywhere that she wants.

Dad: Of course, putar!

Mum: Well, we have relatives all the way in Glasgow, in Portsmouth, ...

Jess: Mum, Dad, Tony's lying. We're not getting married. Tony only said that to help me, but I'm not lying any more. I played in the final today, and we won!

Mum: How? When?

Jess: I wasn't going to go but Dad let me. And it was brilliant. I played the best ever! And I was happy because I wasn't sneaking off and lying to you! I didn't ask to be good at football. Guru Nanak must have blessed me.
Anyway, there was a scout from America there today, and he's offered me a place at a top university with a free scholarship and a chance to play football professionally, and I really want to go, and if I can't tell you what I want now, then I'll never be happy, whatever I do.

Mum: You let her leave her sister's wedding to go to a football match?!

Dad: Maybe you could handle her long face, I could not. I didn't have the heart to stop her.

Mum: And that's why she's ready to go all the way to America now?!

Jess: It's all right, Mum, just leave it.

Dad: When those bloody English cricket players threw me out of their club like a  dog, I never complained. On the contrary, I vowed that I will never play again. Who suffered? Me. But I don't want Jessie to suffer. I don't want her to make the same mistakes that her father made of accepting life, accepting situations. I want her to fight. And I want her to win, because I've seen her play. She is brilliant! I don't think anybody has the right of stopping her. Two daughters made happy in one day. What else can a father ask for?

Mum: At least I've taught her full Indian dinner. The rest is up to God.

(365 words)


Film: Vincero! (Italian): the last line of the aria Nessun Dorma from the opera Turandot by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924); translation: I will win!

Script: Putar – (Punjabi) a term of affection "dear, darling"


1. Describe how the scene from the movie and the scene from the script reflect Jess's difficulties and her attempts to achieve her dreams. (Comprehension)
2. Focus on the scene from the movie: Identify and analyse the various cinematic devices in the scene. How do these elements of the language of film contribute to the overall effect of the scene? (Analysis)
3. You have a choice here:

3a. Mr Bhamra says: "But I don't want Jessie to suffer. I don't want her to make the same mistakes that her father made of accepting life, accepting situations." (ll. 23-25)
Discussing the different experiences, values, identities etc. of first- and second- (and third-) generation Asian immigrants living in the UK (by referring to the characters in the film), point out your opinion on the question whether a 'feel good comedy' like Bend It Like Beckham gives an appropriate and convincing presentation of the problems and opportunities of a multi-ethnic society. (Comment)


3b.  When Joe and Jess part in the final scene at Heathrow airport, they have decided to give their relationship a chance knowing that they will have to face further difficulties because of this. Jess promises: "I'm back at Christmas. We'll tackle my mum and dad then!"
Create a film scene in which Joe and Jess talk to the Bhamras and explain the nature of their relationship as well as their future plans. Think of a location and cinematic devices (field sizes, camera angles, transitions, etc.) to present this conversation. (Creation of text)


Since this is not a real “klausur” but just a practise, please do tasks 1 and 2 here and today in the classroom

Task 3 (either 3a or 3b) should be done as homework for tomorrow.