Due to the long filming period the film was shot on many different video formats, standard Beta, SP Beta, DV and HDV. About 178 hours were filmed during the 10 years. See more »
of interest to a broad audience...
i saw an early cut of this film and was very impressed. it spans many years, and thereby gives one a real sense of the evolution one man's relationship to religion, life, women, etc. though not a Buddhist, i found the issues raised and discussed of great interest. in this sense the film appeals to universal interests - our struggle to understand ourselves, our universe and our relationships. like most good films it has some very funny and also poignant moments. the premise alone is excellent: a British man moves to Iceland and becomes one of the few Buddhist monks. when his faith falters, and he is tempted away by a woman, we have great cinema in the making. his return to the faith, of course, gives the story a wonderful arc. given the growing interest in Buddhism in western cultures, i think this film will (and should) do very well. see it!
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