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by Greg Muskewitz

"A beautiful picture-book, but a vacuous motion picture."
3 stars

When a movie is directed by a former photographer, especially from “National Geographic,” you expect the movie to look visually arresting.

Eric Valli does just that in his first feature movie, “Himalaya,” a pleasant, if not slightly dull tale about two groups of caravan-ers — one young, one old — trying to bring their salt-packing yaks to trade for food during the winter season. The simple screenplay (written by four people) leaves a bit of a light-headed residuum (possibly from the altitude?) and somnolent ambivalence to the movie. The characters often prove to be quite amusing and nicely performed (particularly the adorable Karma Wangel) and the music by Bruno Coulais, and the picture-book cinematography by Eric Guichard and Jean-Paul Meurisse are all quite textured, but the movie warrants an awful-lot of fidgeting and bustling. Or as the young child says, “We keep walking, but never arrive.” Believe me, your derrieres will feel it. However, the unsuspecting humor serves to lighten the mood, and the colors and shadows are effectively utilized.
With Thilen Lhondup, Gurgon Kyap and Lhakpa Tsamchoe.

Final verdict: C+.

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User Comments

11/13/11 Ganesh Thinle's death symbolically refers to the end of the rivalry caused by misunderstanding. 5 stars
8/25/08 Angela a film full of hope and determination to suceed 5 stars
10/30/04 ashok raj pokharel nicely displayed, leadership and conflict based 4 stars
5/04/04 Gerry o happy that I have seen Himalaya ..stupendous Photography ..over shadows the story.. Beau 5 stars
3/18/02 Teresa Breathtaking scenes that will not leave me alone.Faces like none we see everyday.A journey. 5 stars
11/16/01 SeiShuu I worship this film 5 stars
10/04/01 Pierce Lanson Like no other film you've ever seen. A must see. 5 stars
7/26/01 Julia The most amazing, wonderful film in years. Cinematography, music, storyline INTENSE 5 stars
7/23/01 Larry Truly transports you to another place and culture, captivating 5 stars
7/22/01 G. Berns A great film, totally fresh, exhilarating 5 stars
7/09/01 sami A almawash 5 stars
7/03/01 Carolyn Johnson Breathtakingly beautiful. 5 stars
6/29/01 Guido Santi Super 5 stars
6/26/01 Alex Awesome scenery! 5 stars
6/26/01 Jim Renwick looks great. The seen near the lake is actually pretty scary. 3 stars
6/26/01 henry Excellent!!! 5 stars
1/16/01 neil bartlett worthy but dull, highlighted by the best scenes of yaks ever on film 3 stars
1/15/01 Pierce Lanson Extraordinary movie-a tale of people as they live today-Hell we're lucky in the "developed" 5 stars
11/20/00 Henk de Jong Don't expect great acting, but do expect breathtaking landscapes! See it on a big screen! 4 stars
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  22-Jun-2001 (PG)
  DVD: 05-Mar-2002


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