Milarepa (2007)

Milarepa (2007)




Critic Consensus: Milarepa's confusing plot structure, simplistic message, and poor production values cause it to fall flat.

Movie Info

Bhutanese director Neten Chokling's fantasy Milarepa mounts and cinematizes an ancient Buddhist legend -- a moral fable from the eponymous monk's colorful early life. The story unfolds in the 11th century, when Milarepa (Jamyang Lodro) -- christened Thopaga -- unexpectedly loses his father, and finds his life plunged into a bleak hell. His vile aunt and uncle, Peydon and Gyalsten (played by Lhakpa Tsamchoe and Gonpo, respectively), seize control of the deceased's inheritance and force Thopaga, … More

Rating: PG (for some violence/disturbing images and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Neten Chokling, Tenzing Choyang Gyari
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 4, 2008
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as Thopaga, Age 7

as Uncle Gyalsten

as Yongten Trugyel

as Thopaga Age 16

as Aunt Peydon
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Critic Reviews for Milarepa

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (13)

Milarepa is a sort of Batman Begins version of the early life of renowned Tibetan saint Jetsun Milarepa (1052-1135).

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint, a picturesque fable filmed in the mountains of northern India, shows us how most -- if not all -- roads to spiritual enlightenment are paved with suffering.

Full Review… | October 11, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

Despite timely and worthwhile subject matter, there is nothing very inspired or inspiring in what makes it to the screen.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Boston Globe
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While the drama is rather poky, Jamyang Lordo plays the part with dignified restraint.

Full Review… | October 4, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The movie's spectacular scenery and compelling message counterbalance the somewhat plodding pace and wooden performances by a cast of nonactors.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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Milarepa fails to infuse freshness into the timeworn lesson that violence doesn't pay; perhaps its subject's path to goodness will provide a more enlightening cinematic outlet.

September 15, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Milarepa

When we saw this, I had not heard of Milarepa or read any of his teachings, so it's hard to say if I'm missing the point here, or if the film isn't delivering something. It's a fun movie. It came across like a Tibetan version of Harry Potter - boy with really mean Uncle goes to secret magic school and becomes a sorcerer. Although I suppose Harry Potter didn't wipe out a whole village in an act of revenge (at least I'm assuming he didn't - I've only seen two of those movies and one was on a plane so it was hard to focus on it.). At this point the Milarepa movie takes a somber tone and we learn that revenge is empty and hollow, a lesson I've been told before, but frankly I'm too Western, psychotic, and angry at the patriarchy to get much mileage out of any sort of "letting go/love your enemy" type philosophy. Didn't buy Christian forgiveness, don't buy this. But that's me.The movie ends there, and I guess there's going to be (or maybe there already is) a sequel where we learn how he becomes an enlightened monk. I guess I'd watch the sequel if it were on, but I think I should probably read his actual writings than rely on sword-and-sorcery type movies to learn more about this subject.

Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

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