The Cup (1999)

The Cup

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A group of Tibetan monks finds themselves torn between spiritual enlightenment and their love for soccer in the comedy Phorpa/The Cup. In Northern India near the Himalayas, a band of Buddhist monks from Tibet have set up a monastery in exile from their native land. Under the gaze of their leaders -- firm-handed Geko and the Khempo, a more easy-going sort -- new students are instructed in Buddhist practices as the monks educate young children, who are usually fidgety and prefer to discuss … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Khyentse Norbu
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2000
Runtime:
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Cast


as Old Lama

as Tibetan Layman

as Taxi Driver

as Abbot's Attendant

as Cook Monk

as Vajra Master

as TV Shop Owner

as Sleeping Monk

as Storytelling Monk

as Storytelling Monk

as Football Can Monk

as TV Watch Monk

as Satellite Dish Monk

as Satellite Dish Monk

as Magazine Monk

as Lights Out Monk

as Lights Out Monk

as Lights Out Monk

as Leather Sandal Monk

as Tractor Monk

as Newsreader

as Aerobics Instructor

as Dickey Wangmo

as Tibetan TV Bouncer

as TV House Spectator

as TV House Spectator

as TV House Spectator

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Critic Reviews for The Cup

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (15)

June 18, 2002
Boston Globe
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Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

A lovely, delightful, and quiet movie that's easy to swallow and doesn't disrupt the patterns of the world.

Full Review… | June 24, 2003
Combustible Celluloid

An endearing Tibetan drama about loving others and giving up one's attachments.

Full Review… | August 21, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

La película vuela entre las reflexiones espirituales y las divertidas situaciones de un monje para ver los partidos de soccer en la Copa del Mundo.

May 13, 2002
Cinenganos

Audience Reviews for The Cup

This film, apparently the first film from Bhutan distributed worldwide, isnt a tentative step. Just about any film that must be qualified in a such a way, probably doesnt merit a view. The Cup (or Phorpa) doesnt need to be qualified. This is significant considering its Khyentse Norbus first pass at direction, and all the cast members are monks and not professional actors. Whats more, Orgyen Tobgyal won me over the minute he made it on to the screen as few child actors do. Norbu does an excellent job at leaving the complexity of the two head monks in tact. They are neither harsh nor out-to-lunch. They care very deeply for their pupils. The ease with which these two characters could have descended to characture shows Norbus good sense. While there are a few scenes that linger too long and could have used a bit of editing, itd be really hard to dislike this film.

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