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3.33

Awesome: 2.5%
Worth A Look: 42.5%
Average47.5%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 7.5%

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Cup, The (1999)
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"Gooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllll"
4 stars

Director Khyentse Norbu scores a winner with life in a Buddhist monastery in The Cup. In a tempered film, the monks in their yellow and gold jerseys discover the drama and sacrifice of the World Cup.

Football - Some call it a religion. I think that's selling it a bit short. It unites and divides, enraptures and enrages the entire world to a much greater degree than religion. Despite the US more or less escaping football's clutches, in most parts of the world it has been taken up equally across all cultures, whereas the world's religions have had to divide the world up.

Indigenous cultures have had to put up with condescending treatment from modern societies. The west treats these cultures as if they're cute little curiosities innocent to the temptations and influences of the outside world. It is a dreadful way to treat them and insults their intelligence.

In Norbu's film, we see one of these indigenous cultures - the Buddhist Monks of China - reacting to the outside influence of one of the world's biggest events - The World Cup.

Living in Exile in India is a young student in a Buddhist monastery. Brash and rude, yet charismatic (he's kind of a Bart-Simpson-joins-a-Buddhist-monastery kinda guy), he is a huge football fan - especially of Brazil's Ronaldo. He has been suffering from a lack of sleep and risking trouble with his superiors as he has been sneaking off to watch the World Cup matches.

He needs to find a way to watch the final and is willing to risk everything including other people's prized possessions to rent a television to watch the match.

Instead of the meditative calm we have seen of other films on monks, Norbu shows us a world that is more like a boarding school. There are pranks, students falling asleep in class, nastiness, graffiti and frustrated tutors. There is even the buying of a condom! Heavens!

This is a less romantic, but more balanced portrayal of life in a monastery.

Many of the performers are real monks. This has been done in other films on Buddhism and must be getting rather frustrating to the local actors who can't score a gig. "Hey hang on man, give me a break. I can do Monk! No, really. You never answer my calls, damn it!"

With a film showing Buddhist Monks living in exile it comes to no surprise that the issue of China's occupation of Tibet is mentioned. Two new arrivals to the monastery have recently escaped from Tibet. As with the rest of the film, it doesn't beat you over the head with the issue, it just reminds you in a subtle way, why these monks are in the predicament that they are in.

The Cup shows a refreshingly different view of a culture full of misconceptions. It is a lightly amusing film; it doesn't have you rolling in the aisles, but that's consistent with the basic style of the film. It just wants to delicately tell you a story.

The acting is quite good despite the odd lumpy - perhaps quirky - pacing of the film. The photography and design are simple and in them we again see Norbu's desire of steering clear of the stereotypical images and views we have previously seen of Buddhists in their mountain hideaways.

Norbu learnt his ways with Bernardo Bertolucci and just as importantly by watching a lot of films. "Even the bad ones," he says, "Because you can learn from their mistakes."

Norbu's lessons have been well learnt as he presents a delightfully different view of a little understood culture. The Cup, with its lessons of sacrifice, is a kind-hearted, funny and warm-hearted film.

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User Comments

9/15/08 PAUL SHORTT BEAUTIFULLY OBSERVED AND SUPERBLY PLAYED 4 stars
12/28/04 Monks is playas too Don't hate the playa, hate the game 3 stars
3/29/04 Monks Are Gay Monks are lame, Fuck them in there stupid ASSES! 1 stars
3/28/04 Mark The Cup is The Crap, The End 1 stars
3/24/04 lorraine fun movie 4 stars
10/01/03 Maru A sweet and yet realistic look at this Buddhist monastery in exile. 5 stars
7/15/01 harry monk it's shite. damn monks. they deserve to be butt fucked 1 stars
4/30/00 Bokonan A really fine comedy with an underlying message that is delivered gently. 4 stars
4/25/00 Pix a cleansing experience 4 stars
2/08/00 Jason Russell Sweet and engaging 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  29-Aug-1999

UK
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Australia
  20-Apr-2000


Directed by
  Khyentse Norbu

Written by
  Khyentse Norbu

Cast
  Jamyang Lodro
  Orgyen Tobgyal
  Neten Chokling



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