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Unmistaken Child (2009)



Critic Consensus: Nati Baratz's thoughtful, beautifully filmed documentary is a moving testament to the power of faith.

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In 2001, when his master Lama Konchog passed away, Tenzin Zopa, his disciple of 21 years was bereft and lonely. At the instruction of the Dalai Lama, Zopa is searching for his master's reincarnation, who is expected to be embodied in a little boy and might be anywhere in the world. This "unmistaken child" must be found before it becomes too difficult to remove him from his parents' care--within four years.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Faith & Spirituality, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Nati Baratz, Ilil Alexander, Ron Goldman
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On DVD: Nov 3, 2009
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Critic Reviews for Unmistaken Child

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (17)

This documentary is only partly a story of the chosen one; mainly, and more intriguingly, it's a chronicle of the choosing one, of the nervous young monk charged with the job of leading the search party.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Films that address faith and love as eloquently as this moving 2008 documentary are rare.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film is fascinating on every level -- as a portrait of a willing servant in a complex, powerful and inscrutable religious system and a feast of spectacular sights and unusual mundane events in a corner of the world rarely exposed to prying eyes.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

[Director] Baratz doesn't ask any of the obvious questions, preferring to observe uncritically, and if you can do the same, you may find Unmistaken Child worth seeing. I could not, and grew restless.

Full Review… | July 23, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[Director] Baratz's access to every stage of the process -- from Zopa's selection of a candidate to the testing of that candidate to the blessing of the Dalai Lama himself -- is phenomenal, almost indescribably privileged.

Full Review… | July 16, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

You could argue that the film would be stronger if it explained more fully and asked more questions, yet "Unmistaken Child'' stands as a window on a beautiful and mysterious world. The questions it leaves hanging are for us to untangle.

Full Review… | July 16, 2009
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Unmistaken Child

Tenzin Zopa is a monk with a beautiful spirit, and watching him search for the reincarnation of his master is an awe-inspiring and emotionally bittersweet journey.

meril lupin

Super Reviewer

Five stars for the making of the documentary. It was a very interesting view of Tibetan Buddhism. Personally, though, I was saddened when the child left his parents. Beautiful movie nonetheless.

Laura Gerhardinger

The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and enchanting, is hard for most westerners to grasp. UNMISTAKEN CHILD follows the 4-year search for the reincarnation of Lama Konchog, a world-renowned Tibetan master who passed away in 2001 at age 84. The Dalai Lama charges the deceased monk's devoted disciple, Tenzin Zopa (who had been in his service since the age of seven), to search for his master's reincarnation.

Tenzin sets off on this unforgettable quest on foot, mule and even helicopter, through breathtaking landscapes and remote traditional Tibetan villages. Along the way Tenzin listens to stories about young children with special characteristics, and performs rarely seen ritualistic tests designed to determine the likelihood of reincarnation. He eventually presents the child he believes to be his reincarnated master to the Dalai Lama so that he can make the final decision.

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