Welcome everyone to our 86th Challenge, where this week - in honor of the World Cup as it approaches the Quarterfinals and onto the finals in week, we are featuring the 2002 movie: "Bend it like Beckham" which was an independent british film that surprised and exceeded everyone's expectations by the global fan based that it created after its release. It touches on so many universal themes even though its about a Sikh girl's love off soccer in Britain - and how she has to figure out how to live her dreams and live the life that her family has planned out for her. Here is a lovely plot summary from IMDb:
"A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham explores the world of women's football, from kick-abouts in the park to freekicks in the Final. Set in Hounslow, West London and Hamburg, the film follows two 18 year olds with their hearts set on a future in professional soccer. Heart-stopping talent doesn't seem to be enough when your parents want you to hang up your football boots, find a nice boyfriend and learn to cook the perfect chapatti."
If you haven't seen this movie - its really a lovely sweet movie to watch. The director and crew created magic with their limited budget. This movie gave actors like: Keira Knightly and Jonathan Rhys-Meyer more exposure. Jerry Bruckheimer saw Keira in this movie and then cast her in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie saga. Paraminder Nagra the main character went on to play Dr. Neela Rasgotra on ER. In a lot of ways, this movie opened up the careers for these wonderful actors. There are so many themes for inspiration in this movie (aside from soccer of course :):
You can create something:
- inspired by Jess pursuing her dreams or having faith in her dreams
- inspired by the sweet friendship that Jess and Tony or that Jess & Juliette have in the movie
- inspired by the love and support that her father shows her in having faith in her dreams
- by the relationship that she and her sister have in the movie
- inspired by bending the rules to reach your goal! :)))
Our wonderful guest designer Priscilla, who created this gorgeous card for the movie challenge: Father of the Bride, joins us today as our guest designer with her beautiful card inspired by this movie!
BROOKE'S project inspired by the movie "Bend It Like Beckham"
LOVE this movie.. I can't tell you how many times I have created project while watching this movie.. I love cross culture movies. We all live in such a new and exciting world with so many opportunities. What would you do if you were a young girl who would rather play soccer/football than learn how to cook a full Indian dinner or find a husband? How would you feel if your mother was always trying to get you to wear a skirt of wear stop playing the sport you love.. This is a heart warming movie that will take you on their journey to find out who they are and help their families to understand who they are as well.
I know you are thinking WHAT does this have to do with a soccer/football movie.. When let me tell you... Jess is a beautiful young girl who is just emerging into a young woman. She is discovering what she love and what she want to do with her life. What better than Butterflies to represent coming into a new life. When we are young we are protected from the world by our parents and when we emerge as young adults and start to make our own choices we find out who we really are. This book mark has a little secret you can check out on my blog that will tie it even more to the movie.. PLEASE stop by my blog and say hi. Leave me a message about your favorite part of the movie or one of your life goals/dreams...
SANKARI'S card inspired by the movie "Bend It Like Beckham"
I can't even tell you how in SOOOO many ways - this story is SO much like my life growing up!! I loved watching this when it came out!!! Growing up Indian in another culture that had so many different values was difficult during the teenage years (my mom can tell you all about it!!) I have played soccer since I was very little and when I was 11 - joined the school teams and played through the college years. I absolutely love soccer and have just loved watching it through this World Cup (and even though my favorite team Brasil is not advancing - I am enjoying watching every game :) I love seeing the main character: Jess and to see her love for soccer and how she realizes that she is good and wants to pursue this in a college across the ocean from her parents, who are conservative and have different values for her - and she still has faith in her dreams coming true, she also tries to balance honoring her family and her faith.
So my card is inspired by this quality of faith - in believing in your dreams, the "knowing" and holding on through the periods darkness in your life. I made this card a circle in honor of the soccer ball (hee :), I used rich colors to represent the Indian culture, the flower represents her blossoming into herself and the sentiment represents the faith that she has in her self and in the very end - how this is a faith that her father also has in her and supports her dreams.
I hope you have a chance to play along with this very sweet movie!!!
Guest Designer: PRISCILLA'S card inspired by the movie "Bend It Like Beckham"