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Bardsongs (2010)

PG | | Drama | 14 March 2013 (Germany)
A plastic collector named Sahir refuses to pass judgment on fate when his son is wounded, and the outbreak of war proves him right. Young Bouba is given the task of answering the question "... See full summary »


Sander Francken


Sander Francken, Joost Schrickx (screenplay)

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Credited cast:
Abba Bilancoro Abba Bilancoro
Kolado Bocoum Kolado Bocoum
Dhamender Singh Dhamender Singh
Kishan Soni Kishan Soni
Tsewang Spalgon Tsewang Spalgon
Deachen Yangdol Deachen Yangdol ... Padma


A plastic collector named Sahir refuses to pass judgment on fate when his son is wounded, and the outbreak of war proves him right. Young Bouba is given the task of answering the question "What is the greatest part of all knowledge?" His search leads him to love. And Sonam sets out across the Himalayas to sell his dzo, but the journey proves useful despite the fact that he doesn't sell the animal. All three stories are presented in the form of traditional songs which intermingle in this engaging on-screen narrative. The characters are always seeking after something, thus enabling the movie to grip the viewer's attention. Written by Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

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Release Date:

14 March 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bardsongs - Geschichten vom Glück See more »

Filming Locations:

Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India See more »


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EUR800,000 (estimated)
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Sander Francken Film See more »
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Dolby SR


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Three parable-like stories on local music, each leading slowly to a moral
25 October 2010 | by JvH48See all my reviews

I must admit that I had no idea what to expect, only knowing beforehand what I had read in the synopsis of this film as presented in the brochure of the Ghent Film Festival 2010. I was assuming a lot of emphasis on the local musical instruments and the musicians, but that was not what I experienced. Please do not consider these words as a disappointment, rather the contrary.

There are three fully separated stories, having nothing in common but the format. The basic ingredient is the minstrel (bard), accompanied by a small instrumental group, who connects subsequent scenes, and also gives hints what the moral of the story is. The latter reminds me of the parables that we know from the New Testament.

Be prepared that the developments are rather slow, much slower than we are used to nowadays, but still not too slow to get bored. Good camera work, good acting, good casting, all of this adds to the conclusion that I was positively surprised, after all. Musicians and their instruments did not get in the way of the stories that were told. That does not mean, however, that they could be left out without missing the local touch that is fundamental for this film.

We see three very different environments where the stories unfold, all three of them very different from our own. In my opinion this is an extra feature of this movie, adding to my overall positive experience. It gives the feeling that we got some insight in those other worlds, with very different customs and social order. I'm sure that I could not possibly live there, but it lets you think twice about our hasty way of life, and the challenges we seem to seek voluntarily.

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