The Basket
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In this drama about intolerance and acceptance that takes place during World War I, a pair of German orphans, Helmut and Brigitta, are sent to a farming community in the Pacific Northwest after a stay in an internment camp. While they are welcomed by some in the town, many resent their presence, especially those who have lost family members in the war. However, a teacher at the school takes a liking to them, and Helmut discovers he has a talent for basketball. Eventually, Helmut gets a chance to prove his worth to the community by playing in a special basketball game; if the neighborhood team… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Clunky and obvious."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"... a couple of pleasing performances and some truly wonderful cinematography"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Clearly well-intentioned but wildly overplotted and, curiously enough, emotionally underdeveloped."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"An ambitious, complicated, and thoughtful story."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"This type of maudlin, medicinal family film is a dime a dozen on the tube, where it belongs."
‑ Michael Dequina,
""The Basket" is woven from such promising threads that you wish it was better."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Needs to bore a hole in itself and let the sap run out."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"There are no gray areas of morality. And there are no technical or artistic innovations whatsoever."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
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