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Travellers and Magicians (2003)

Cast: Tshewang Dendup, Tshewang Dendup, Lhakpa Dorji, more...
Director: Khyentse Norbu, Khyentse Norbu
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Quest, Road Movies
Running Time: 108 min.
Languages: Dzongkha
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
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 -- namely, to consider being satisfied with what life has dealt him before setting off to parts unknown. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Enjoyable by DNelson6 September 21, 2011 - 2:26 PM PDT
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As I get older, I am better able to enter into the slow pace of a well told story. The photography in this movie was captivating as was the social commentary embedded in the account of a man traveling to a nearby town to get a visa so he can move to America (dreamland). The story is intertwined with the story told to the man and his accumulated company of travelers by a monk. In each story, events unfold that cause a change of heart, in one direction and in the other. The juxtaposition of the stories and the inner conflicts of the characters make this an enjoyable story to which most anyone could relate.

More from Bhutan by talltale November 8, 2005 - 9:33 AM PST
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4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Stories within stories, lovely scenery and quiet ironies abound in TRAVELLERS AND MAGICIANS, another movie from the Bhutan filmmaker Khyentse Norbu who brought us "The Cup" a few years back. This one is even a bit better, but not for anyone in a hurry. Paced slowly--and surely--it pays off over time.




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