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4.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking location and inspiring movie, 30 May 2012
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Having travelled to Ladakh several times (you can read my travel diaries in Italian here and here). I was moved by this film. I have recognized many places I visited and could fully grasp the mystical atmosphere of the location, which perhaps is difficult to do without having been there.

The film is one more representation of the dilemma of the Buddha, torn between a life on this world, with a family and a kid, and total devotion to his spiritual development. It is a dilemma that knows no obvious or final solution.

I admit I was also struck by the intense eroticism of several scenes, which in my view is entirely appropriate for a movie about Buddhism, a philosophy that does not condemn the pleasures of sex. It is also particularly appropriate for a movie shot in India, where Buddhism and Hinduism (the religion that produced Kama Sutra) have interacted for centuries.

The final part of the movie is also telling: the protagonist's wife, Pema, invokes Yashodhara, Buddha's wife. While the world has identified with Buddha's plight and dilemma for millennia, no one ever seems to care about her, who in the end pays the heaviest price for the choices of her husband.

Acting is good, and Christy Chung lives up to expectations. The scenery is breathtaking and it alone justifies watching this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unsung Hero, 15 April 2014
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This movie is so great that you respect it by watching it in multi-year intervals.

And upon re-watching it again, it slows itself down. It speak personally to you, reviewing and guiding you through your most recent life trials - spiritual, emotional, sexual, sociological, economical, psychological, personal, relational, philosophical challenges - and reveals how they have served to bring you closer to harmony. All the while as if it was a guru, not a media projection.
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