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Tharlo (2016)




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Nicknamed "Ponytail" for the long braid down his back, quiet Tibetan shepherd Tharlo can recite the Mao Quotations in Mandarin by heart, but spends most of his time tending his flock, far from the trappings of academia or modernity. But when ordered to acquire an identification card by a local police officer, he meets a young woman who could change all that... but will she? Photographed in arresting black-and-white, Tseden composed the film of only 84 meticulous shots. Beautifully acted by its performers, Tharlo is deeply political, romantic and philosophical narrative fable from Tseden, one of Tibet's leading contemporary artists.

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Shooting in pristine black and white, writer-director Pema Tseden favors extended long shots and boldly composed frames, the space rigidly sectioned by posts, wires, mirrors, windows, and the like.

September 29, 2016 | Full Review…

The bottom drops out of the movie, leaving its interest almost exclusively ethnographic.

September 27, 2016 | Full Review…

The lovely, loving craft extends to gentle, haunting sound design: these worlds are both concrete and dreamy in Tseden's eye, geometrically exquisite yet filled with implications of wandering and wonder.

October 12, 2016 | Full Review…

A rich allegory for a nation torn between past and future.

October 2, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As a bit of anthropology offering a glimpse into Tibetan life today, it's perfectly serviceable.

September 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In the logic of the film, for the camera to move at all would feel like a betrayal of its contemplative hunger.

September 27, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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