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Cup, The (1999)
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by EricDSnider

"Wait, there's a country called 'Bhutan'? And they play soccer there? Huh."
3 stars

If you're a big fan of comedies made in Bhutan (and who isn't?), you'll love "The Cup."

Otherwise, it's a pretty gentle, occasionally funny movie about a Tibetan monastery in India in which the teen-age monks are more interested in the World Cup playoffs than in monkery.

These young fellows, led by the rascally Orgyen (Jamyang Lodro), often sneak out at night to a nearby village that has a TV, where they watch the soccer games with great interest. They pass each other notes during prayer and meditation time, telling the last night's scores.

One gets the sense that being a kid and being a monk at the same time is much like being a kid and being ANYTHING at the same time: You're still a kid, regardless of whatever reverent circumstances you may be in.

The monastery's leaders, Geko (Orgyen Tobgyal) and the abbot (Lama Chonjor) are a bit concerned about this preoccupation with soccer, but there is little tension there before their concern turns to bemusement. ("It's two civilized nations fighting over a ball," Geko explains to the abbot.)

In fact, the film goes to great lengths to avoid much tension. The kids want to rent a TV and satellite dish to watch the final game, and that problem is speedily solved. Even the potential drama of a homesick kid's prized possession possibly being lost forever is dealt with before we get much chance to worry about it.

Many of the actors are from a Tibetan refugee settlement near the Chokling Monastery, a real-life place in India ... and it shows. The acting is none-too-good, save for Jamyang Lodro, who plays the irrepressible Orgyen as a Tibetan Bart Simpson, a schemer with a good heart. Everyone else is stilted and flat, and the film just sort of limps along gamely until it finally ends.

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originally posted: 07/03/03 03:23:15
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User Comments

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
3/27/04 Mark The Cup is The Crap, The End 1 stars
3/24/04 lorraine fun movie 4 stars
9/30/03 Maru A sweet and yet realistic look at this Buddhist monastery in exile. 5 stars
7/14/01 harry monk it's shite. damn monks. they deserve to be butt fucked 1 stars
4/29/00 Bokonan A really fine comedy with an underlying message that is delivered gently. 4 stars
4/25/00 Pix a cleansing experience 4 stars
2/07/00 Jason Russell Sweet and engaging 4 stars
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Directed by
  Khyentse Norbu

Written by
  Khyentse Norbu

  Jamyang Lodro
  Orgyen Tobgyal
  Neten Chokling

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