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Himalaya (L'Enfance d'un Chef) (Caravan) (1999)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 6

Unlike the overproduced and overbudgeted Hollywood blockbusters, Himalaya is a stunningly photographed movie that offers an intimate look into the lives of a Dolpo tribe.


Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 2

Unlike the overproduced and overbudgeted Hollywood blockbusters, Himalaya is a stunningly photographed movie that offers an intimate look into the lives of a Dolpo tribe.



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Himalaya, l'Enfance d'un Chef is a fiction film about the forgotten people of Tibet, focusing on their daily lives and traditional customs. In a remote village in the Dolpo in the northwestern Himalayas of Nepal, Tinle, a charismatic old chief, has just lost his eldest son. He refuses to allow his son's friend Karma, whom he holds responsible for his son's death, to lead a caravan of yaks. Karma defies the old man's anger and the shaman's advice and moves the caravan, with the help of other

Mar 5, 2002

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All Critics (68) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (6) | DVD (7)

Valli's cameras capture one breathtaking image after another.

September 27, 2001
Miami Herald
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Himalaya is a film about choices, pride and forgiveness, filled with memorable characters and stunning scenery. And if you like yaks, this is the film for you.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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High above the tree line, Tinle, Karma and Norbu act out a universal human drama with only two special effects -- a blinking star and a yak.

August 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Valli's touch as an artist is too light, and his dramatic sense too timid, to make the film much more than a collection of pretty pictures.

July 30, 2001
Boston Globe
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A visually poetic, moving story.

July 27, 2001
Washington Post
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As a travelogue ... this peaceful film by French director Eric Valli ... is pretty in a respectful, National Geographic sort of way.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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An astonishingly beautiful and thematically rich Nepalese film that presents many vanishing elements of a faraway Tibetan culture.

February 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The camera showcases the beauty of the Himalayas as well as telling a moving story of power, pride and cultural change.

October 19, 2001
Jam! Movies

A truly magnificent and authentic Nepalese film...

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Surprisingly involving.

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

For all its realism, the movie is too low-keyed for its own good, and audience interest may flag.

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The story of an old man's stubbornness and pride in the face of youthful competition is not a new one, but Himalaya delivers it with extraordinary visual grace.

September 12, 2001 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Audiences will leave with the sense of having been a privileged visitor.

August 10, 2001
Jam! Movies

A special film that opens your eyes to exotic people in another part of the world, then shows you that most of their concerns mirror our own.

August 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The story here is kept pleasantly simple.

August 2, 2001 Full Review
Planet Sick-Boy

A fascinating and rewarding journey for those willing to take a bit of a risk.

July 30, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Real people, facing real dilemmas, would have been more convincing than the contrivances of Himalaya.

July 26, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
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Audience Reviews for Himalaya (L'Enfance d'un Chef) (Caravan)

There is value in seeing this from a cultural point of view but eventually the lack of a solid plot grows tiresome. Like an earlier version of Tulpan.
January 26, 2010
John Ballantine

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[b][size=5][color=darkblue]Himalaya (2000)[/color][/size]


[color=blue]Himalaya je priča o drevnom plemenu koje uspeva da pre?ivi tako ?to prodaje so i kupuje ?ito, ali pre toga treba so preneti karavanom preko nepristupačnih planina Tibeta. Klasična priča o rivalstvu između ostarelog stare?ine plemena i mladog sposobnog vodiča koji se takmiče za prevlast u porodici i u plemenu.


Ovaj je film sniman preko 9 meseci u regionu kojem se mo?e preći samo pe?ice, a sve uloge glume prave stare?ine, lame, vodiči i lokalno stanovni?tvo.


Inače re?iser Eric Valli je proveo dosta vremena ?iveći u Nepalu od 1983 godine i redovan je dopisnik National Geographic-a, Geo i časopisa Time. Ovo umetničko delo je bilo nominovano za najbolji strani film 2000 godine u takmičenju za Oskara. Film koji ostaje u sećanju po grandioznosti predela i močnoj priči, a posebno glumi natur?čika!


Od mene najmanje 8/10... prekrasno!!!!![/color][/b]

February 22, 2009
Panta Oz

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