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Himalaya (1999)

Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef (original title)
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An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo. When his son dies returning from Tibet's salt lakes,... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thilen Lhondup ... Tinle
Gurgon Kyap ... Karma
... Pema
Karma Wangel ... Passang
Karma Tensing ... Norbou / Urgien
Labrang Tundup ... Labrang
Jampa Kalsang Tamang ... Jampa
Tsering Dorjee ... Rabkie
Rapke Gurung ... Tundup
Pemba Bika ... Tensing
Karma Chhewang ... Meme / Paljor
Tenzen Charka ... Chopga
Yangzom ... Dawa
Gyalsen Gurung ... Chewan
Phuti Bika ... Deld
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An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo. When his son dies returning from Tibet's salt lakes, Tinle blames Karma, his son's friend, refuses to give Karma his blessing as the new chief, and organizes a rival caravan to take the salt to lower Nepal to trade for grain. He, a few old men, his son's widow, his grandson, and his second son, a monk, set out on the arduous journey. Fearing storms, Karma has led his caravan out of the village before the auspicious day ordained by the lamas. Tinle's group catches Karma's before the final pass; the two stubborn men lock wills with Tinle's grandson watching. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$14,831, 1 April 2001, Limited Release

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$2,481,690, 21 April 2002
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The director, in the commentary on the DVD, says that he was inspired by the book "Caravan Towards Buddha" by Andre Migot. This book was titled "CARAVANE VERS BOUDDHA" when it was published in 1954, but can now only be found under its alternate (English) title, "Tibetan Marches" (translated by Peter Fleming). See also "Au Tibet sur les traces du Bouddha (Collection Itinéraires)" by André Migot. See more »

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Tinle: Don't listen to them. Keep on climbing, however slowly.
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Le Conseil
Vocals by Tsering Lodoe, A. Filetta, Karma Tensing (as Karma Tensing Nyima Lama)
Music Composed and orchestrated by Bruno Coulais
(P) & © 1999 Galatée Films
Label: Varèse Sarabande
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Have a nice trip!
14 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

I'm glad I've seen this one at the movie theater! Such a beautiful piece of photography will, of course, look great on the TV, too. And the story is by no means secondary: a warm tale of human endurance, indeed. But watching those images of Nepal on the big screen was just something I thank heavens I was able to do! Delightful!


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