Playoff (2011)

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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 ... See full summary »


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7 June 2014 | OJT
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| Less about basketball than you expect, still good
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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