Phörpa (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 football rather than spiritual matters. Two of the novice monks, Lodo and Orgyens, are also avid soccer… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A lovely, delightful, and quiet movie that's easy to swallow and doesn't disrupt the patterns of the world."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"proves the monks are far more human than stereotypes have led us to believe"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"There are moments of real charm in The Cup...but for the most part it's content to glide along on a cloud of whimsy."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"An endearing Tibetan drama about loving others and giving up one's attachments."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Delightful and thought-provoking."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Luis Martinez, Cinenganos
"If all you see is a bunch of kids watching a soccer game on satellite TV, then I think you missed the film's message."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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