Himalaya (L'Enfance d'un Chef) (Caravan)
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Himalaya, l'Enfance d'un Chef is a fiction film about the forgotten people of Tibet, focusing on their daily lives and traditional customs. In a remote village in the Dolpo in the northwestern Himalayas of Nepal, Tinle, a charismatic old chief, has just lost his eldest son. He refuses to allow his son's friend Karma, whom he holds responsible for his son's death, to lead a caravan of yaks. Karma defies the old man's anger and the shaman's advice and moves the caravan, with the help of other village youtha, before the date set by the ritual. On the day indicated by the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Valli's cameras capture one breathtaking image after another."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Valli's touch as an artist is too light, and his dramatic sense too timid, to make the film much more than a collection of pretty pictures."
‑ Chris Fujiwara, Boston Globe
"An astonishingly beautiful and thematically rich Nepalese film that presents many vanishing elements of a faraway Tibetan culture."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Surprisingly involving."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Audiences will leave with the sense of having been a privileged visitor."
‑ Claire Bickley, Jam! Movies
"Himalaya is a film about choices, pride and forgiveness, filled with memorable characters and stunning scenery. And if you like yaks, this is the film for you."
‑ Jennie Punter, Toronto Star
"A visually poetic, moving story."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The camera showcases the beauty of the Himalayas as well as telling a moving story of power, pride and cultural change."
‑ Brandon Smith, Jam! Movies
"For all its realism, the movie is too low-keyed for its own good, and audience interest may flag."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"A special film that opens your eyes to exotic people in another part of the world, then shows you that most of their concerns mirror our own."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"High above the tree line, Tinle, Karma and Norbu act out a universal human drama with only two special effects -- a blinking star and a yak."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"As a travelogue ... this peaceful film by French director Eric Valli ... is pretty in a respectful, National Geographic sort of way."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A truly magnificent and authentic Nepalese film..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The story of an old man's stubbornness and pride in the face of youthful competition is not a new one, but Himalaya delivers it with extraordinary visual grace."
‑ Andrew Harvey, PopMatters
"The story here is kept pleasantly simple."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
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