Travelers and Magicians (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Travelers and Magicians (2005)



Critic Consensus: Interwined tales of spiritual discovery are set against a gorgeous, evocative landscape in this pleasant, engaging import.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Khyentse Norbu
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 25, 2005
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Sonam Kinga
as The Monk
Dasho Adab Sangye
as Sonam's Father
Jigme Drukpa
as Phunsok
Ap Dochu
as Apple Seller
Dorji Budha
as Villager of Chendeba...
Sanga Budha
as Villager of Chendeba...
Sumcho Budha
as Kinzang Wangchuk
Nim Buthri
as Villager of Chendeba...
Aum Chenzom
as Girl in Field
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Critic Reviews for Travelers and Magicians

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (24)

Pretty enough, but one kind of hopes for a little magic in a movie with "magicians" in its title.

Full Review… | April 29, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's a leisurely yet resonant film that reinforces the power of cinematic storytelling.

Full Review… | April 7, 2005
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Refreshingly quiet and thoughtful.

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Gloriously photographed, captivatingly acted and percolating with surprises.

Full Review… | March 10, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Dondup is the make-or-break role here, and he nails it.

Full Review… | March 4, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's transporting, it's magical.

March 3, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Travelers and Magicians


[font=Century Gothic]In "Travellers and Magicians", Dondup(Tsewang Dandup) has had enough of a being a government officer in a small town in Bhutan after only a month, so he plots his escape to America, using a religious festival as cover. A friend of his has a contact who can get him an American visa. Now, all he has to do is to get to Thimphu in two days time but he misses the daily bus. While waiting, he encounters an old apple vendor(Ap Dochu) and a monk(Sonam Kinga). To pass the time, the monk tells a story...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"Travellers and Magicians" is a beautiful movie that has all the resonance of a public service announcement, arguing against free will and for constrained duty. Yes, children should care for their parents in their old age(but no extended families or government safety net in Bhutan?) but the younger generation need to live their own lives, finding a balance in the bargain. Worst of all, the character of the monk lends a dogmatic feel to the themes. But the movie does make a great case for patience when using mass transit.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


This is one of the best movies which shows that Holywood has lost the plot and the art of making good movies! The Cup was the first great hit of this director but this one is much better... a story of live, a real live in Bhutan and all the challenges that live brings! Perfect for watching with a family!

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

a very interesting film, especially for those into foreign flicks. a very well-put-together movie that really puts Bhutanese cinema on the map

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