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Unmistaken Child (2009)



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

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In 2001, when his master Lama Konchog passed away, Tenzin Zopa, his disciple of 21 years was bereft and lonely. At the instruction of the Dalai Lama, Zopa is searching for his master's reincarnation, who is expected to be embodied in a little boy and might be anywhere in the world. This "unmistaken child" must be found before it becomes too difficult to remove him from his parents' care--within four years.

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Globe and Mail
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Films that address faith and love as eloquently as this moving 2008 documentary are rare.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Toronto Star
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[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.

Full Review… | July 23, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
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[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
Seattle Times
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You could argue that the film would be stronger if it explained more fully and asked more questions, yet "Unmistaken Child'' stands as a window on a beautiful and mysterious world. The questions it leaves hanging are for us to untangle.

Full Review… | July 16, 2009
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Unmistaken Child


This is definitely an interesting movie and an intriguing look into Buddhism and the way new Lamas are chosen. It can also become very sweet and emotional. However, from a film perspective, some of the scenes are really long and things generally move really slowly.

Suraj Sehgal
Suraj Sehgal

This movie was shot beautifully, in a beautiful place with beautiful people. I wasn't too sure what to expect when I heard of this movie, but after I watched it I had to recommend it to everyone. It was so thought provoking and unique. I wish there were more amazing documentaries like Unmistaken Child.

Grace Haney
Grace Haney

Five stars for the making of the documentary. It was a very interesting view of Tibetan Buddhism. Personally, though, I was saddened when the child left his parents. Beautiful movie nonetheless.

Laura Gerhardinger
Laura Gerhardinger

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