Dreaming Lhasa

2005, Drama, 1h 30m

17 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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In India for her latest project, a filmmaker (Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso) of Tibetan descent returns to her ancestral country to help a man accomplish a personal mission.

Cast & Crew

Phuntsok Mangyal Dhumkhang
Loga
Tenzin Wangdrak
Ghen Rabga
Lobsang Choedon
Dekyi
Richard Gere
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Raj Singh
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Jeremy Thomas
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Critic Reviews for Dreaming Lhasa

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (10)

  • Whenever the filmmakers stray from Dhondup's story (and the tales of other refugees), they tend to lose their way.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • The fictional story incorporates harrowing documentary testimony from former Tibetan political prisoners, but essentially this is a hopeful look at a resilient people keeping their traditions alive as they move into the digital age.

    May 4, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Dreaming Lhasa goes a long way on the strength of its exotic visuals and gently urgent narrative, but in the end it doesn't go quite far enough.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A sensitive if literal-minded tale that demonstrates how Tibet's national identity is of a piece with its spiritual heart.

    May 4, 2007
  • A static and awkward effort that never quite comes to life.

    April 24, 2007
  • Manages to enchant with its simplicity and scenery.

    April 20, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Whenever the filmmakers stray from Dhondup's story (and the tales of other refugees), they tend to lose their way.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • The fictional story incorporates harrowing documentary testimony from former Tibetan political prisoners, but essentially this is a hopeful look at a resilient people keeping their traditions alive as they move into the digital age.

    May 4, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Dreaming Lhasa goes a long way on the strength of its exotic visuals and gently urgent narrative, but in the end it doesn't go quite far enough.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A sensitive if literal-minded tale that demonstrates how Tibet's national identity is of a piece with its spiritual heart.

    May 4, 2007
  • Rather than offer more information or documentation, the film uses a fictional framework to explore the human-scale effects of exile on those Tibetans who've escaped their homeland.

    July 13, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The script is undone by confusing romantic developments, a convoluted murder mystery and a facile and maudlin resolution.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dreaming Lhasa

  • Jun 11, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Dreaming Lhasa," Karma(Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso) is in the city of Dharamsala in Northern India to film a documentary with the assistance of Jigme(Tenzin Jigme) of Tibetan exiles detailing their ordeal at the hands of the occupying Chinese.(Karma herself is of Tibetan heritage.) One of her interviewees is Dhondup(Jampa Kalsang) who has been charged with returning a charm box to a fellow Tibetan whose current whereabouts are unknown. Sensing a story, Karma helps Dhondup, even accompanying him to Delhi...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Dreaming Lhasa" is a well-meaning movie with a paper thin story and amateurish performances. Still, this is an honorable try at depicting the heartbreak of a people watching their country slowly disappear under the weight of oppression and deciding what to do next. Some simply move on while others fight in whatever way they know how, be it to return to their native country and an unknown fate or to begin a hunger strike. [/font]
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