Dao ma zei (The Horse Thief)
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Dao ma zei (The Horse Thief)
Norbu and Dolma are banished tribal Tibetans who desperately struggle against the harsh terrain and the elements to preserve their young son's life.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It offers the most awesomely plausible account of Tibetan life and culture ever seen in the west. It's one of the few films whose images show you things you've never seen before."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Famously, Martin Scorsese chose this film as the best he'd seen in the 1990s."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An intoxicating masterpiece, and the very best film to come from China's Fifth Generation."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"The film's tribal drama of theft, ostracism and terrible retribution unfolds, although the director, Tian Zhuangzhuang (an iconoclastic graduate of the Beijing Film Academy), uses few conventional means of bringing these dramatic events to the forefront."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A truly amazing film that takes a western audience to mystical places they have never seen before."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Tian had said that he made this for the 21st century, yet even today it's a film of the future."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[It's] blessed with some of the most unbearably beautiful images of Nineties cinema."
‑ , Austin Chronicle
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