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A filmmaker sets out make a film sbout her Tibetan Buddhist teacher, meets all kinds of interesting people who tell their version of what suffering is. Things aren't as much fun as she thought it was going to be. But she learns a lot about herself in the meantime. Written by ggn

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29 April 2004 | by (Saskatoon, SK.) – See all my reviews

"Words of My Perfect Teacher" follows around three disciples of a Tibetan/Bhutanese Buddhist teacher as they deal with his abrasive spiritual teaching techniques.

The movie is really so ridiculous that it becomes entertaining. The three disciples (one of whom is the director) are slavish puppy-dogs to the teacher, following him around the world while hanging on his every word and emitting high-pitched fake laughter at his jokes. One disciple from Vancouver has to be one of the most annoying and obnoxious characters ever captured on screen. These people don't need spiritual enlightenment, they need therapy and some friends.

Technically, the movie is poorly done. The narrative thread follows the teacher, the director's spritual journey, the progress of the film as the teacher disappears for months and the other disciples at random intervals. Instead of insight into the people in the film, the film inserts scene after scene of the characters looking around in quick cuts while 'profound insight' music plays.

For all of this, the lives portrayed in the film are reasonably interesting, and the film is such a train wreck that it'll keep your interest for most of the time.


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