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Lessons of a Dream (2011)

Der ganz große Traum (original title)
An English teacher brings soccer from England to Germany in the late 19th Century by teaching it to his class.

Director:

Sebastian Grobler

Writers:

Sebastian Grobler (story), Raoul B. Reinert (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Brühl ... Konrad Koch
Burghart Klaußner ... Gustav Merfeld
Thomas Thieme Thomas Thieme ... Dr. Roman Bosch
Justus von Dohnányi ... Richard Hartung
Jürgen Tonkel Jürgen Tonkel ... Dr. Jessen
Vincent Kastner Vincent Kastner ... Offizier zu Hohenlohe
Kathrin von Steinburg Kathrin von Steinburg ... Klara Bornstedt
Axel Prahl Axel Prahl ... Schricker Sen.
Theo Trebs Theo Trebs ... Felix Hartung
Adrian Moore Adrian Moore ... Joost Bornstedt
Till Valentin Winter Till Valentin Winter ... Otto Schricker
Lennart Betzgen ... Emanuel
Tim Blochwitz Tim Blochwitz ... Claasen
Josef Dragus Josef Dragus ... Zumbrink
Fabio Seyding Fabio Seyding ... Hans
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The young teacher Konrad Koch is hired to teach English at a strictly-run German school for boys in 1874. The reform-minded headmaster von Merfeld has hired Koch as one of the very first English teachers of all at a German secondary school in order to let a fresh new wind into his musty institution. Koch sees how badly this is needed in his very first class. Everything that the boys know about England is common prejudices handed down from one generation to the next. In order to stir up some enthusiasm for the foreign language, Oxford graduate Koch resorts to unusual means and introduces his students to a curious sport that comes from Britain: football. Unfortunately, Koch's unconventional ways soon make him many enemies: influential parents, local dignitaries and, above all, his colleagues, who only believe in Prussian drills and discipline. They all want to get rid of Koch at any price. But then his students take the initiative... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Sport

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The castle where it was filmed is a school See more »

Goofs

Konrad Koch never taught English. He also didn't start as a new teacher in Braunschweig in 1874. He started as a teacher in 1869 and was teaching German and old languages. He also played outdoor games in 1872, two years before the plot setting. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Konrad Koch: Isn't this game too barbaric for this country?
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Connections

References Dead Poets Society (1989) See more »

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A charming heart felt feel good movie
18 June 2014 | by vkaufmann1See all my reviews

I caught this movie after a hard day of watching football during the 2014 world cup in Brazil. The movie is about the beginnings of the sport in the 1870s Germany or as it was known back then, an empire. Fresh from various military successes against the French and the English, national pride was deeply ingrained. Along comes Konrad Koch, a young German who had spent several years in England. With him he brings a football. He has been hired as an English teacher in the city of Braunschweig. There he encounters resistance to change amongst the snobbish kids and their even snobbier parents. Suffice it to say, the beautiful game paves the way for change.

A charming movie. In a way, reminds me a bit of a more intellectual version of "The Goonies" seems like a stretch but its not. Definitely worth seeing. Goal!!


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

24 February 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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$1,373,312
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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