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Milarepa depicts the humble beginnings of the man who was to become Tibet's greatest saint. A true story based on centuries-old oral traditions, a youthful Milarepa is propelled into a world of sorrow and betrayal after his father's sudden death. Destitute and hopeless, he sets out to learn black magic - and exact revenge on his enemies - encountering magicians, demons, an enigmatic teacher and unexpected mystical power along the way. But it is in confrontation with the consequences of his anger that he learns the most. Photographed in the stunning Lahaul-Spiti region of Northern India, Milarepa offers a provocative parallel to the cycle of violence and retribution consuming today's world. Written by
Milarepa the movie is the first of a series of two. It depicts the legend of Milarepa. It's filmed in Tibet - among the all-present towering mountain ranges, which makes the sky and heavens seem so close, and shot in the Tibetan tongue. Both things - combined with the delicate portrait of the people and the culture, and the quiet yet captivating development in this beautiful movie, makes it a movie of grace, a bit of wonder, and of visual beauty. It's a silence in this movie, which touched my heart.
Concerning the content, this depicts the first part of Milarepa's journey into spirituality, as it is interpreted in the popular legends of Tibet. I won't reveal too much, but this movie depicts his family, the harshness of life in Tibet, the upbringing of Milarepa, and the pains they had to undergo. And the way all this shot Mila (he first became -repa, when he became a lama; -repa being the suffix designating this) into the violent world of adulthood, realizing the sufferings of this world for himself.
The second part to come in this series, depicts Milarepa's life as a lama, I believe.
The movie may be a bit slow in its out-folding, and a bit "lacking" in its contents; it has its flaws. But for my part these shortcomings were filled by how the splendor which the themes of the movie, which are very dear to me, was wonderfully spilled out.
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