The Miracle of Bern (Das Wunder Von Bern) film analysis

The Miracle of Bern (Das Wunder Von Bern) film analysis

The main character of the film “Miracle of Bern” is Matthias an eleven-year-old boy living in a small mining town near Essen. The boy is fully engrossed in the world of football and follows Helmuth Rahn in every single game of the home team and takes each of the frequent defeats as a personal issue. The director of the film Sonke Wortmann presents two films; that is the main film and the sports drama part. The two films display a different magnitude of conflict, and win. For instance, Matthias hates the father because of the two rabbits that were taken without his knowledge. However, on their way to watch the sports final, he apologizes to Matthias. In regards to the sports drama, the team’s shouts at one another after a bad play in the first half. The paper will compare the film, and sports drama presented.

Wortmann presents the theme of conflict in different dimensions. In the film, conflict is witnessed within Richard’s family. Matthias’ father who is a broken man and among the last batch of prisoners released by the Russians, comes home and tries to go back to his old job in the mine but fails to go through. Richard then tries to apply his power and authority on the household, but when that was unable to work, he shifts to excessive and old-fashioned Germany-style of discipline which his children resent. The children are not happy on the way the father “Richard” handle issues around the family especially.

The incidences of family conflict are presented in various scenarios or cases. Richard disagrees with most of the family members. For instance, both Richard and the wife disagree with the eldest son’s musical interest and Matthias interest in football. Part of the discussion is captured at the beginning of the film. Bruno tells the mother “I won’t work for an ex-Nazi!”So mom tells him that on weekends he is going to work with her at the bar.The boy says he can’t because:”Gotta practice Negro music.”Mom says he will work and the older kid says he won’t. In addition, Wortmann presents another level of conflict within the family when Matthias gets mad when his two rabbits were taken.

To solve some of these family conflicts, Christa Lubanski advises the children to understand Richard to allow them to live in peace and without any issues. As a result of this, even though the children resent in most actions performed by Richard, they do not have anything to do especially when the mother calls for peace. In addition, while Richard was taking his youngest son Matthias to Bern to watch the finals, he apologizes about the Rabbit issue. However, the first son Bruno is unable to tolerate or understand the father’s actions and decides to leave the family to another place. “And now Mattes gives to his father the letter from Bruno to his parents. Dad reads it and starts crying. He says that Bruno writes that the family can visit him anytime.” From that moment, Richard changed for the better.

In addition, by nature, films drawing upon real-life sporting activities are not far from cliché, but the director Wortmann does not limit his clichés to the pitch. The family drama is not necessarily cloying, and a sub-plot on rookie sports journalist covering the game during his honeymoon is an irritating piece. The issues that are given out by the journalist are not inspiring for the people listening and watching at the same time. It does not cover important aspects that the people wanted. However, even with the challenges, screen revolution is set to make sure that people can watch every activity and movements of the players. The angle of the camera is turned from side to side to cover all corners of the pitch for all the viewers from home to have a full view of the play.

Wortmann presents another form of conflict in the sports drama. During the final, there is an argument from different people based on who will win. To begin with, the journalist and the wife bets different, and the fate of the play is left only to the weather conditions. For instance, if it rains a bit, then the Germans will win. However, different from the family drama, sports drama has its conflicts and management style. In the sports drama, the conflict exists between the players after a bad play during the first half of the game. The players begin to scold one another for their bad play. The coach tells them to stop it and inspires them for better performance in the second half.

The two films have a similar conflict and its management criteria. Similar to the family drama, the disagreement between the parties is displayed in the open because everyone is able to talk about the issues. The players were able to scold each other in the open which is similar to the family drama. However, both films have a mediator who tends to inspire and motivate the parties to focus on a bigger picture rather than the issues. For instance, in the sports drama, the mediators are the coach who advises the players to stop the fight and focus more on their performance to win the match. Coach disagreement with the team was as a result of their failure to understand that they are world champion. The inspiration tends to work for both the team and the coach. The second half the talks and negotiations, the team plays well and wins the final.

Similarly, in the family drama, the mediator is the mother who sees the disagreements and advice the children to understand the father. It seems that the children are fed up with the actions of the father especially on the area of discipline. Contrary to the sports drama where the talks and negotiation bring the team together and win, the family is split at the end. Bruno who is the first-born son gets fed with the father’s constant bully and decides to move out of the family. Richard gets to learn more about the split when the Matthias presents Bruno’s letter to the parents which results in an emotional mood. Although Richard was sorry for the situation, it did not restore the anticipated unity within the family.

However, Richard uses the love of football to capture and win over the family. Matthias’ love for football becomes the focus of Richard’s strategy to restore the family. Richard becomes interested in football and supports Matthias. For instance, in the film, he takes Matthias to Bern to watch the finals in a bid to please the youngest son. In the end, the strategy seems to work because of the relationship that was growing stronger between Mathias and Richard. After reading Bruno’s letter, Matthias consoles the father and assures him that all will be right. It is apparent that Richard was able to capture the love of his youngest son by aligning to his interest in soccer.

Also, after the change of the belt beating, Richard tries to reconcile with his family by preparing the major course of dinner which was later revealed to be Mathias’ pet Rabbit and giving gifts to the children on the table. Besides, Richard gives his son a new ball to display his understanding of the importance of sport. Though the reaction does not appear explicit to the entire family, Matthias is captured because of the massive support by the father on soccer. Therefore, it becomes a major turning point of Richard and expression of love.


In the film “miracle of Bern,” the ways of the son are linked in the practice and values of football. The film takes the viewers through pains to create Matthias’s love and interest on sport, displayed by his attachment to Rahn who describes the child as a “good luck charm” as a result of his passion on soccer. Even with this, Wortmann presents differing levels of conflict both at the family drama film and sports drama. The parties involved can open up and speak out the issues. For instance, the players scold one another which makes the coach angry and tells them to stop.

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