Travelers and Magicians

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Interwined tales of spiritual discovery are set against a gorgeous, evocative landscape in this pleasant, engaging import.

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Bored with life in his tiny village, Dondup (Tsewang Dandup), a Bhutanese official infatuated with American culture, dreams of visiting the United States. On the road to Thimphu, a major city where he hopes to obtain a visa, Dondup befriends a mismatched group of travelers, including a monk (Sonam Kinga). As the trip proceeds, the monk tells his new friends about Tashi (Lhakpa Dorji), a fictional young man whose dissatisfaction leads to his undoing.

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  • Oct 05, 2009
    This is one of the best movies which shows that Holywood has lost the plot and the art of making good movies! The Cup was the first great hit of this director but this one is much better... a story of live, a real live in Bhutan and all the challenges that live brings! Perfect for watching with a family!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Travellers and Magicians", Dondup(Tsewang Dandup) has had enough of a being a government officer in a small town in Bhutan after only a month, so he plots his escape to America, using a religious festival as cover. A friend of his has a contact who can get him an American visa. Now, all he has to do is to get to Thimphu in two days time but he misses the daily bus. While waiting, he encounters an old apple vendor(Ap Dochu) and a monk(Sonam Kinga). To pass the time, the monk tells a story...[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Travellers and Magicians" is a beautiful movie that has all the resonance of a public service announcement, arguing against free will and for constrained duty. Yes, children should care for their parents in their old age(but no extended families or government safety net in Bhutan?) but the younger generation need to live their own lives, finding a balance in the bargain. Worst of all, the character of the monk lends a dogmatic feel to the themes. But the movie does make a great case for patience when using mass transit.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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