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Butter Lamp (2013)

La lampe au beurre de yak (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Family | 16 January 2014 (USA)
A young itinerant photographer and his assistant photograph Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds.


Wei Hu


Wei Hu
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 26 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Genden Phuntsok Genden Phuntsok ... Le Photographe (as Genden Punstok)
Soepha Soepha ... L'assistant / Le Père
Sonam Gonpo Sonam Gonpo ... Le Jeune Homme
Wangmo Tso Wangmo Tso ... La Soeur 1
Kalsang Dolma Kalsang Dolma ... La Soeur 2
Zirang Lhamo Zirang Lhamo ... L'enfant (tableau 3)
Gangrong Dorjee Gangrong Dorjee ... Le Marié
Leung Tso Leung Tso ... La Mariée
Sonam Tashi Sonam Tashi ... Le chef du village
Yang Tso Yang Tso ... La vieille femme
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A young photographer and his assistant suggest to Tibetan nomads to take their picture. Against diverse and more or less exotic backgrounds, families appear to the photographer. Through these shots, the photographer will weave unique links with each of the various villagers. Written by Anonymous

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Technically, a rather simple film...
1 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Butter Lamp" is an incredibly simple film. It consists of a variety of Tibetans being photographed in front of a variety of backgrounds that are obviously NOT in Tibet. You see families posing in front of such settings as tropical beaches and even Disneyland Hong Kong. And, in the end, when the cameraman and his assistant are leaving, you get a chance to see where the photos are being shot. During all this, the focus of the film camera is fixed--and never moves once. Technically speaking, it's a very simple film and there is nothing to the story other than seeing nomadic people being photographed. Oddly, I heard a few people in the audience laughing hard during this film but there's very little that's funny about this film. It does have some points to make about progress, society and, perhaps, about changes being forced on the Tibetans. But it also left me wondering why the film was nominated, as I keep waiting and waiting for SOMETHING exciting or innovative to occur...yet nothing seemed to happen.

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