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Travelers and Magicians (2003)

Travellers and Magicians (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tshewang Dendup ...
Dondup
Sonam Lhamo ...
Sonam
Lhakpa Dorji ...
Tashi
Deki Yangzom ...
Deki
Sonam Kinga ...
The Monk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorji Budha ...
Villager of Chendebaji
Sanga Budha ...
Villager of Chendebaji
Sumcho Budha ...
Kinzang Wangchuk
Nim Buthri ...
Villager of Chendebaji
Aum Chenzom ...
Girl in Field
Sonam Choepel ...
Magic Student
Neten Chokling ...
Bus Driver
Lam Dawup ...
Magic Student
Chhmi Dem ...
Villager of Chendebaji
Kinzang Dem ...
Villlager of Chendebaji
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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

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The bitter and the sweet of temporary things

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Drama | Adventure

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,815 (USA) (11 February 2005)

Gross:

$505,295 (USA) (15 July 2005)
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First film to be shot in Bhutan, the Himalayan nation/kingdom that was prototype for Lost Horizon (1937). See more »

Quotes

Dondup: What's the matter? You look so sad.
Sonam: Oh, it's nothing.
Dondup: Come on... tell me.
Sonam: I was thinking about the apple man.
Dondup: Why? Do you miss him?
Sonam: Yes.
Dondup: Do you always miss people you've just met?
Sonam: [Giving it some thought] It depends on who they are.
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travelers and magicians
27 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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