The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty outdoes even Wenders' subsequent Alice in the Cities
in its sense that everything shown is at once subjective and objective.
German goalie Bloch (Brauss) walks out of a game in Vienna, hangs
around, commits an arbitrary murder, and then takes a coach to the
Austrian border to look up an old flame. It's the journey of a man
who's getting too old for his job, living off his nerves, sustained by
his taste for Americana, movies and rock (everything from Hitchcock to
'Wimaway'). Brauss' engagingly hangdog face anchors it all in
recognisable human feelings, while avoiding the least hint of
'psychological' explanation. More than in his later movies, Wenders'
style here has a remarkably charged quality: every frame haunts you for
Author: Tony Rayns0000-00-00 00:00:00
Source: Time Out Film Guide