Travellers & Magicians
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Written and directed by Khyentse Norbu, Chang Hup The Gi Tril Nung (Travellers and Magicians) chronicles two parallel stories. The first belongs to Dondup (Tshewang Dendup), a bored mountain villager determined to move to the United States, and Tashi (Lhakpa Dorji), another restless soul whose journey led him to an affair and eventual conspiracy to murder. Tashi's story was related to Dondup by one of the fellow travelers trekking through the mountains on their way to an airplane headed for America. The traveler suggests that Tashi's story may contain an important message for Dondup --… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pretty enough, but one kind of hopes for a little magic in a movie with "magicians" in its title."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Refreshingly quiet and thoughtful."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"For Norbu, filmmaking has become his form of thangka painting"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"All Norbu's posturing for a greater spiritual meaning never materialized, though it still looms as an assured work."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A gentle challenge to the all-American delusion that every citizen of a foreign land would be better off here."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"It's a leisurely yet resonant film that reinforces the power of cinematic storytelling."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"Gloriously photographed, captivatingly acted and percolating with surprises."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"My first Bhutanese (Bhutanian?) film, it's a coming-to-America tale, filled with lovely clichés that are overwritten by a strong sense of authenticity."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"With its spiritual underpinnings and scenic splendor, the film casts a distinctive top-of-the-world spell."
‑ Donald Munro, Fresno Bee
"Pleasant and often beautiful."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Mainly notable for its exoticism and gorgeous scenery."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Dondup is the make-or-break role here, and he nails it."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"There is much more to Travellers & Magicians than a mere travelogue, and the journey is well worth the price of admission."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"It's a disappointment to report that Bhutanese filmdom is not off to a good start."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"It will probably not be long remembered, but it charms and entertains in the moment, at least."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
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