Nisid Hajari
May 21, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cup Final

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Moshe Ivgi, Muhamad Bacri
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

Most stories about captives identifying with their captors are too smarmy to be convincing. But by acknowledging its characters’ heartfelt antagonisms and natural pleasantness, Cup Final, Eran Riklis’ tale of an Israeli soldier captured during the 1982 Lebanon War by a raggedy band of Palestinian fighters, charms its way to believability. The adversaries’ shared love of soccer — animated by tight, witty ensemble acting — demonstrates that people fighting over the same homeland can be as susceptible to brotherhood as they are to bloodshed. B+

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