An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo. When his son dies returning from Tibet's salt lakes,... See full summary »
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An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo. When his son dies returning from Tibet's salt lakes, Tinle blames Karma, his son's friend, refuses to give Karma his blessing as the new chief, and organizes a rival caravan to take the salt to lower Nepal to trade for grain. He, a few old men, his son's widow, his grandson, and his second son, a monk, set out on the arduous journey. Fearing storms, Karma has led his caravan out of the village before the auspicious day ordained by the lamas. Tinle's group catches Karma's before the final pass; the two stubborn men lock wills with Tinle's grandson watching. Written by
The director, in the commentary on the DVD, says that he was inspired by the book "Caravan Towards Buddha" by Andre Migot. This book was titled "CARAVANE VERS BOUDDHA" when it was published in 1954, but can now only be found under its alternate (English) title, "Tibetan Marches" (translated by Peter Fleming). See also "Au Tibet sur les traces du Bouddha (Collection Itinéraires)" by André Migot. See more »
This film may not be everyone's cup of tea but it is served in a gorgeous and delicate teacup. The story is simple, perhaps too simple. But it is drawn against the magnificent background of Nepal. Even bad photography would be good in that part of the world but the camera work in Himalaya is superb, sensitive and sweeping, richly textured and impressively framed. The most amazing aspect of this rare film is that none of the performers are actors! They play themselves flawlessly. The faces, frequently in harsh close up, are noble and full of character. Hollywood never could duplicate one silver haired old woman who is a living work of art. The children are beautiful and lack any self consciousness whatsoever in front of the camera. Utterly amazing! It's a movie for film freaks and those who appreciate fine photography. But somehow the world is a slightly better place because it was made!
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