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Himalaya - L'Enfance d'Un Chef (Original Tibetan Version)

Thilen Lhondup , Gurgon Kyap , Eric Valli  |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Thilen Lhondup, Gurgon Kyap, Lhakpa Tsamchoe
  • Directors: Eric Valli
  • Format: Color, Import, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 104.0 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BTEIJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,385 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Un village perdu du Dolpo, dans le nord-ouest de l'Himalaya, à cinq mille mètres d'altitude. Le vieux chef charismatique Tinlé, dont le fils aînévient de mourir, refuse de laisser la conduite de la caravane de yaks au jeune Karma, qu'il accuse d'être responsable de la mort de son fils. Karma brave les oracles du chaman et la colère de Tinlé et, avant la date tiruelle, lève la caravane, suivi par les jeunes du village.-------------An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo. When his son dies returning from Tibet's salt lakes, Tinle blames Karma, his son's friend, refuses to give Karma his blessing as the new chief, and organizes a rival caravan to take the salt to lower Nepal to trade for grain. He, a few old men, his son's widow, his grandson, and his second son, a monk, set out on the arduous journey. Fearing storms, Karma has led his caravan out of the village before the auspicious day ordained by the lamas. Tinle's group catches Karma's before the final pass; the two stubborn men lock wills with Tinle's grandson watching.

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SPELLBINDING AND MAGNIFICENT FILM... July 21, 2002
Format:DVD
This film has some of most breathtaking scenery ever filmed. Shot high up in a remote area of the Himalayas that has seen very few foreigners, it focuses on the Tibetan people who live in an area of the mountains called Dolpo. These people are referred to as Dolpopas. The love that the director, Eric Valli, has for this region of the world is palpable with the loving care and attention to detail that is lavished on this production. Shot at heights of up to 17,400 feet, this film is a tremendous achievement both cinematically and historically, as it locks in time a little known culture and way of life.

The story, which is based upon real life events, details a generational struggle between the young and the old. The storyline is simple. This isolated village is dependent upon trading its salt for grain, so that the village may survive. To do so, a caravan of yaks must make an arduous trek through the Himalayan Mountains to Nepal to effect such a trade. When one such caravan returns to the village, the caravan chief, is dead and his body has been brought back to the village by his best friend, Karma. The dead chief's father and tribal council memeber, Tinle, crazed with grief, suspects Karma of having brought about his son's death in an attempt to take his place as chief of the caravan. His dead son has left behind a beautiful wife, Pema, whom Karma covets, and a young son, whom Tinle wants designated as chief, despite his youth.

This sets into play a power struggle between Tinle and Karma, both of whom are headstrong and willful. After the traditional sky burial for the dead caravan chief, this clash of wills results in two separate caravans setting out on the salt trading trek.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Treasure January 10, 2001
This wonderful film gets my nod when it has been nominated for academic award for the best foreign film 2000. I have watched this movie today and really excited to write a review. It's an inspirational, coming-of-age, story about Chief's pursuit to look after the people in his village Dolpa and the obstacles in his path. I have been to Dolpa, infact I have seen these people around having same kind of life. The people in the movie are real and their customs are real too. The story has been greatly supported by mind blowing scenic view of Nepal and its culture. The himalayas, villages, Foksandu lake are real and it has become the heart of this movie. On top of that this movie also reflects the culture which is dying at this information age. Thanks for the director and photographer for creating such a nice movie.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW February 28, 2002
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The stupendous location of the most spectacular mountains on earth is the stage for "HIMALAYA" (Kino).
Shown last year to great acclaim here at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (under another title), the story is about a tribal power struggle between a proud aging chief and a willful young challenger. The elder wants to wait for the proper date as set by the oracle and the young guy doesn't want to delay the start of the annual yak caravan salt trek and risk the threat of bad weather. This contest between men and mountain is as breathtakingly beautiful as any film that comes to mind. Perhaps even rivaling Terence Malnick's "Days of Heaven." There's a spiritual center to this extraordinary film that puts "A.I." to shame -- and at a fraction of the cost.
Director Eric Valli, a National Geographic photographer, lives in Nepal. The amateur cast of high mountain Tibetans is refreshingly natural. The exotic soundtrack is by Bruno Coulais. This masterpiece deserves discovery. The images will shimmer in your dreams for days.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary, unique film December 14, 2001
"Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef" is the crowning achievement of French anthropologist Eric Valli who for years has researched and documented the trade routes and yak caravans of the remote, isolated inner Dolpo region in north-central Nepal. This is NOT, as one reviewer has stated, a film about "tibetan merchants harvesting salt". The yak herders in "Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef" are from Dolpo, where for centuries salt, which is abundant in Dolpo, has been traded for grain and black tea from the Tibetan high plateau, across the hazardous high passes leading to Tibet.
The central theme of the film is the rivalry between an old but experienced yak herder whose son was village chief but has just been killed while on caravan, and a young, inexperienced but very strong herder who believes the leadership role is his due.
The film captures masterfully the unforgiving harshness but breathtaking majesty of the mountains and the challenges of surviving in a rigorous environment.
But above all, one is taken inside a village and its people in inner Dolpo and provided with a vivid portrait of life in the high, remote Himalaya, a life full of hardship but also full of clarity, simplicity, and joy.
Himalayan Mahayana Bhuddism is an integral element here, represented by the dead chief's brother who is a monk. There are no references to Bon-po, the ancient religion that predates Bhuddism by several centuries and which is still practiced in Dolpo.
To be appreciated fully, "Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef" should be seen on the big screen. It will lose a lot if ever converted to video.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The DVD Container was Empty!
I received this order in a timely way, but when I opened the sealed container for this DVD a couple of days ago, it was empty--no DVD!
Published 3 months ago by Sandy Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars i actually remember most of this movie so it must be pretty good
stunning scenery authentic native peoples in himalaya region good story line good acting interesting language and translation in subtitles doesn't cause a problem highly recommend... Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Folger
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this movie
Himalaya has such beautiful scenery and photography. Is it a story? Is it a documentary? Watch it and see. You'll love it.
Published 5 months ago by Jane F. Erickson
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to read subtitles greatly detract from enjoyment
This is a decent if predictable story, simple and not particularly subtle or engaging. The cinematography is nice; not as spectacular as it could have been, considering the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mea
5.0 out of 5 stars Himalaya - Fantastic.
Done all in Nepal one of THE most beautiful places on Earth and some of the most Beautiful people. The story is simple about a village of mountain folk who earn their living by... Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. murugananda
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT MOVIE
This is not your glitzy everyday movie. It is about real people that live in the Himilaya mountains
and what they have to do to survive. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Whitney
5.0 out of 5 stars A good story!
Oh my goodness - how did they film those mountain scenes? The director and cinematographer made it appear to have been done on location. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully done
it was very well acted and the setting was exotic. the story was thoughtful and believeable. i like foreign movies as they are very different than american made ones.
Published 9 months ago by rhoda lipton
5.0 out of 5 stars Himalaya - A Great Movie About A Lost Culture
As an admitted Tibetomaniac, I have found it hard to find anything on film/DVD about Tibet of the past other than short black & white film clips or cartoon animations. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Karen Hanegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great feel good movie.
This movie has a great story line and the scenery is beautiful. Makes you want to trek the Himalayas. A great feel good movie.
Published 14 months ago by GAYLE M CAMERON
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