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The two men embark on parallel, if separate, journeys. Their yearning is a common one--for a better and different life. Dondup, delayed by the timeless pace of his village, is forced to hitchhike through the beautiful wild countryside of Bhutan to reach his goal. He shares the road with a monk, an apple seller, a papermaker and his beautiful young daughter, Sonam. Throughout the journey, the perceptive yet mischievous monk relates the story of Tashi. It is a mystical fable of lust, jealousy and murder, that holds up a mirror to the restless Dondup, and his blossoming attraction to the innocent Sonam. The cataclysmic conclusion of the monk's tale leaves Dondup with a dilemma--is the grass truly greener on the other side? Written by
Sujit R. Varma
First film to be shot in Bhutan, the Himalayan nation/kingdom that was prototype for Lost Horizon (1937). See more »
What's the matter? You look so sad.
Oh, it's nothing.
Come on... tell me.
I was thinking about the apple man.
Why? Do you miss him?
Do you always miss people you've just met?
[Giving it some thought]
It depends on who they are.
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Khyentse Norbu's cinematic abilities have grown since The Cup, his previous movie. I am hugely impressed across the board. The screenplay is great, cinematography is great, the story is great, and the editing is great. Also the characterization is outstanding. All the characters, even the "bad guys", are seen with compassion. I found the movie very entertaining and when I left the movie I felt uplifted. Meanwhile the dark side of humanity was not left unexplored. It has a kind of spirituality that seeps in at the edges, as if by osmosis, and is far from preachy or pedantic. This movie reminds me of some of the great movie-making of the 60's....Bergman and Fellini to name the directors. It is deceptively simple in it's beauty yet, to be bold in my opinion, I would also say it has reached toward and achieved the archetypal. A definite should see!
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