The Keeper

Certificate 15


(2018) 120 mins

Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Writers: Marcus H. Rosenmüller, Nicholas J Schofield
Cinematography: Daniel Gottschalk
Production Design: Michael Binzer, Doerthe Komnick, Johannes Sternagel
Music: Gerd Baumann



The Keeper tells the extraordinary love story between a young English woman and a German PoW, who together overcome prejudice, public hostility and personal tragedy. While visiting a PoW camp near Manchester at the end of the 2nd World War, Margaret Friar (Freya Mavor), the daughter of the manager of the local football team, notices a young German soldier Bert Trautmann (David Kross, The Reader). Her father is so taken by Bert’s prowess as a goal-keeper that he gets him out of the camp to play for his local team. Rather than going back to Germany like nearly all the other camp inmates, Bert marries Margaret and signs for Man City. His signing causes outrage to thousands of Man City fans, many of them Jewish. But Margaret wins support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Altmann, a Man City supporter who fled the Nazis, publishes an open letter opposing the campaign against Bert. Bert’s path to acceptance begins, and peaks at the 1956 FA Cup Final when he secures victory for Man City by playing on despite breaking his neck.

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“Rosenmueller’s film may struggle to articulate the complexities of Trautmann’s character, but the role he played in changing public opinion can’t be ignored and, if ever there was a story of forgiveness and reconciliation that needed retelling right now, it would surely be his. He arrived as an enemy, but went on to become the first foreign player to be voted England’s Player of the Year. Football alone may not be able to heal a nation’s deep wounds, but The Keeper suggests that, for at least 90 minutes, it can induce a much-needed sense of cohesion.”

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