Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Since we aren't traveling as much this summer, I've had a chance to take in a couple of films that I wouldn't have probably seen. This past weekend I watched 2 movies and unbeknownst to me, they both had a similar theme. They both centered around the World Cup. And not only the world cup but the 1970 World Cup with Brazil and Italy and the 1992 World Cup with Brazil and Germany.

"The Great Match" followed 3 groups of soccer fans as they tried to find a place to watch the finals of the 1992 World Cup. The Amazon forest, the desert of Nigeria and Mongolia were the 3 locales. It was a clever story of people coming together for a common cause (to watch the game) even if they weren't rooting for the same team.

"The year my parents went on vacation" was at the Athens film fest this year, but I didn't get a chance to see it. It was even sponsored by Hillel, but alas, sometimes there are too many movies to see in too little time. When I saw that it was part of the "watch instantly" movies on Netflix, I tuned in. This movie takes place in 1970, a time of political unrest in Brazil. A boy's parents have to flee the country and leave their son with his grandfather. Soccer is life during these times, and Brazil's dominance in the World Cup, again, brings both sides of society together.

So if you have some free time, love soccer, and have Netflix, check out these two movies.

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