Hollywood Buddha

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Philippe Caland directs himself in Hollywood Buddha, a comedy about spirituality and show-business success. Philippe (Caland) is a producer who has been unable to get anyone to buy the film he finished five years before and is living in a tent while construction continues to be delayed on his dream house. In debt to his brother, the bank, and the construction crew building his home, Philippe turns to Jim (Jim Stewart), a Buddhist spiritual advisor. Jim tells Philippe to possess a specific sculpture of the Buddha. Once Philippe has the statue, his fortunes make a marked turn for the better. Hollywood Buddha was screened at the 2003 Avignon Film Festival.


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  • Caland is effortlessly cool as the half-charming, half-annoying wannabe (he'd make an ideal Euro-baddie in a thriller), and the film is all the funnier because it's played totally straight.

    Mar 18, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • This off-putting satire is a jumble of misguided ideas that gather like lint in the navel of self-obsessed director Philippe Caland.

    Mar 18, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • [A] self-important tale of woe.

    Mar 17, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • The movie, as an exercise in narcissism, is breathtaking.

    Mar 15, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Hollywood Buddha isn't remotely funny or pointed enough to qualify as satire.

    Sep 30, 2004 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • At once a woefully overfamiliar bashing of Hollywood superficiality and a seemingly unwitting paean to the self-absorbed enlightenment that passes among industry folk for personal growth.

    Sep 22, 2004

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