The Workers Cup (2018)
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A documentary with a defeated spirit, but with fleeting glimmers about why the oppressed keep playing.
Not an exposé, and hardly a case of sports-as-uplift, "The Workers Cup" feels like a toe dip when the topic calls for at least a deep wade.
Sure, it's possible that this...missed a few opportunities to make a point. Yet it's just as likely that this director is letting you reach your own tough conclusions.
If we choose to pursue these ideas further, we may find ourselves questioning how our allegiance to the adrenal thrills of sports can help hide darker truths about the companies, countries, and organizations we throw our allegiance behind.
It's the kind of piece that could have cut much of its soccer footage and might have worked better as a short.
Sobel's inexperience with the feature-length format and the requirements of specific genres shows, with Cup constantly struggling to reconcile the horrible fate of what are essentially modern-day slaves with the aspirational side and dreams of victory ...
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