Himalaya - L'Enfance d'Un Chef (Original Tibetan Version)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Saw this 4 times in Kathmandu, Nepal when it first came out. Then saw it again in a US theater. I appreciate both audiences, but US citizens didn't get the humor that those in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jaelle Dragomir
Great film. In the genre of The Whale Rider. Young people struggling with the old customs. Forget reality TV and watch something educational and entertaining like this film.Published 6 months ago by Dr. V
An amazing film about beautiful people in an extraordinary place. Very nice to see a story about real people featuring the locals and their Himalayan culture.Published 9 months ago by Carl Richard Sanders
I saw this film at the cinema when it was released and loved it. There are no histrionics here, just a simple tale of survival, culture and belief. Read morePublished 15 months ago by B. R. Blackshaw
Worth watching over and over and over... I've been to Nepal, and this film seems to be an accurate dramatization of life in the Dolpo. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cherokee Sky
I give away me copy of HIMILAYA as a gift...again! I agree it's indeed a great story, including breath-taking scenery.... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gayen
Fantastic - saw it Nepal 14 years ago and its still beautiful :)Published 22 months ago by sine flensbak søltoft