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



Critic Consensus: 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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Director Eric Valle's visually striking drama shot in the mountains of Nepal depicts Tibetan villagers on an annual caravan across the Himalayas for supplies. Tinle: Thinlen Lhondup. Karma: Gurgon Kyap. Passang: Karma Wangiel.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Gurgon Kyap
as Karma
Karma Wangel
as Passang
Karma Tensing
as Norbou/Urgien
Labrang Tundup
as Labrang
Rapke Gurung
as Tundup
Pemba Bika
as Tensing
Tenzen Charka
as Chopga
as Dawa
Phuti Bika
as Deld
Karma Angbu Gurung
as Karma's Father
Karma Wangiel
as Pasang
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Critic Reviews for Himalaya (L'Enfance d'un Chef) (Caravan)

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (20)

Valli's cameras capture one breathtaking image after another.

September 27, 2001
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

A visually poetic, moving story.

July 27, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 16, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Himalaya (L'Enfance d'un Chef) (Caravan)

From one perspective, it is a powerful ethnography of a traditional Tibetan clan, intent on capturing traditions before they die. But it is also an affecting drama stunningly shot in the highest mountain range on earth.

Clayton Kennedy
Clayton Kennedy

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

alternate name (Caravan) Excellent authentic Tibet movie. i cant remember how I found this one. It is the story of a small village up in the Tibet mountains. Filmed in wide screen and excellent detail. the DVD clarity was fantastic. The director filmed on location in the high Himalayas and used locals for the actors. This is a really terrific glimpse into a world which could soon be extinct (or already is due to Chinese invasion of Tibet) This film was nominated for best film but did not win. Highest recommendation five stars.

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