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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


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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Release Date:

22 June 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,831, 1 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,481,690, 21 April 2002
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2.35 : 1
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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 »


Tinle: Don't forget... a chief commands his men but receives his orders from the gods.
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Music Composed and orchestrated by Bruno Coulais
(P) & © 1999 Galatée Films
Label: Varèse Sarabande
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Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful
20 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

I don't rate movie's at a ten lightly so when thinking about what to rate this Cinematic experience (it's not just movie or film) but i will refer to it as that from here on, i was going to give it an 8 or 9 but the more i thought about it the more i realized that the only reason for this would be that it's not a film that fits into the top ten watch and say wow films and just because it hasn't won as many awards as lord of the rings (which i love and probably is'nt as good as this) doesn't mean that it has to affect how good this movie really is. Watching this movie is like watching the sun rise or watching the love of your life sleeping next to you, when you see something like that it just hits you with wonder. It has beautiful people with very interactive character personalities, very good acting (even by the yaks ha ha) it makes you wonder if they are just being themselves, nearly ever line in this movie has meaning, lines like "stop praying and lets go" makes this movie so much more human. A lot of the characters especially Karma have a lot more of a "western" way about them than what you would expect and that is probably another thing about this movie that gives it even more attraction to the western type audience. The camera work and locations are just the right balance to make you forget your watching a movie and think your on holidays in the mountains, the music and sounds are also just the right touch. If this was a big budget jerry bruckheimer or oliver stone movie this would have gotten the attention it deserves (but probably wouldn't be as good ha). I probably enjoyed this movie even more by not expecting much from it i didn't even want to see it (i wanted to see star wars) Any movie that makes you feel that you would love to be one of them and give up your x-box and trek through the snow has to be good. This is definitely one of those movies you have to put in your WATCH BEFORE YOU DIE pile.

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