After reading several external reviews for this film, I decided to see this film with three friends (age 35 - 50s). We agreed that it was well acted and filmed. However, we felt somewhat shattered afterwards. The brutal beating of the Buddhist nun is not pleasant. This is not a feel-good happy film. The Chinese are certainly the villains, and the story line is fairly predictable. If you are attracted to political films, or want to bolster your feelings about the terrible plight of the Tibetan people, or just want an insight into a slice of Tibetan life, then go see this film. It is a powerful film with a strong message.
One small criticism is that we did not believe that in 1997 a Chinese government-sponsered pop singer would be singing about Chairman Mao; Mao was given up long ago, right?
The film begins and ends with a lovely spiritual message about 'windhorse prayers'. This seems to be the only hope that the film gives for Tibet.
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