Unmistaken Child

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Nati Baratz's thoughtful, beautifully filmed documentary is a moving testament to the power of faith.

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Young monk Tenzin Zopa has spent most of his life studying at the feet of the esteemed Geshe Lama Konchog. When the older man dies after a long, influential life, Tenzin is assigned to find his teacher's reincarnated soul. Tenzin journeys throughout Nepal, from one small village to another, in search of the child in whom Konchog's spirit has come to reside. This documentary charts Tenzin's arduous, emotional quest, a task that will be judged a success or failure by the Dalai Lama himself.

Cast & Crew

Dalai Lama
Cyril Morin
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Yaron Orbach
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Ron Goldman
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Critic Reviews for Unmistaken Child

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (7)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • This documentary is only partly a story of the chosen one; mainly, and more intriguingly, it's a chronicle of the choosing one, of the nervous young monk charged with the job of leading the search party.

    October 2, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Films that address faith and love as eloquently as this moving 2008 documentary are rare.

    October 2, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The film is fascinating on every level -- as a portrait of a willing servant in a complex, powerful and inscrutable religious system and a feast of spectacular sights and unusual mundane events in a corner of the world rarely exposed to prying eyes.

    October 2, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [Director] Baratz doesn't ask any of the obvious questions, preferring to observe uncritically, and if you can do the same, you may find Unmistaken Child worth seeing. I could not, and grew restless.

    July 23, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [Director] Baratz's access to every stage of the process -- from Zopa's selection of a candidate to the testing of that candidate to the blessing of the Dalai Lama himself -- is phenomenal, almost indescribably privileged.

    July 16, 2009 | Rating: 4/4

Audience Reviews for Unmistaken Child

  • Feb 27, 2010
    Tenzin Zopa is a monk with a beautiful spirit, and watching him search for the reincarnation of his master is an awe-inspiring and emotionally bittersweet journey.
    meril l Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2009
    Incredibly moving documentary about a Buddhist monk's search for the reincarnation of his former master. A fascinating journey, told in an almost narrative form, "Unmistaken Child" is a rare glimpse into an ancient spiritual process that is nothing short of unforgettable.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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