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Travelers and Magicians (2003)
"Travellers and Magicians" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$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 »

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Sonam's Father: So, is it really true you're not coming back to the village?
Dondup: I have a great opportunity to go to America. If I'm not in Thimphu tomorrow I may miss it.
Sonam's Father: Will you go there for good?
Dondup: I don't know, maybe.
Sonam's Father: It must be very beautiful there.
Sonam: I've heard they don't even know where Bhutan is.
Sonam's Father: What a pity. I hope you'll come back to our village. We need young people like you. Why are you going there?
Dondup: I can make lots of money.
Sonam's Father: doing what?
Dondup: anything. Washing dishes. Picking apples.
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Love vs. Lust

Love versus Lust... All of the actors were chosen from local Bhutanese people. The inner stories are the most fascinating. An inspiration to all. To young people hoping and dreaming for the material world's "gifts". To Westerners who have never imagined or seen the beauty and rich culture of Bhutan. Just be patient, for this movie will lead you on a journey which you could never imagine..... I learned new perspectives about Hope and Love. The stories don't follow the Hollywood model of the acts. But, for me this storytelling method is more like that of the fable, fairytale or morality tale like Eric Roehmer's Morality Tales. For me, this is a much more enriching art form. It's not your typical Hollywood movie, thanks.


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