Travellers & Magicians

The bitter and the sweet of temporary things.
Travellers & Magicians
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: October 25, 2005
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Zeitgeist Films
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh93%

Total Count: 61


User Ratings: 1,069
[A] film so enchanting one hates to see it come to an end....A warm, embracing film of transcendent beauty and spirituality.
Los Angeles Times
Jan 28, 2005
Rating: B -- For Norbu, filmmaking has become his form of thangka painting Full Review
Old School Reviews
Oct 18, 2008
Travelers and Magicians is deeply affecting. It plays, in itself, like an act of reconciliation, arriving at answers that seek not to bridge impossible physical and cultural gaps, but to guide one as they navigate the journey between them. Full Review
Jul 12, 2019
There is much more to Travellers & Magicians than a mere travelogue, and the journey is well worth the price of admission. Full Review
Film Journal International
Mar 1, 2007
This is a film infused with easy joy, the happiness of sitting in the sun and eating an apple. Full Review
The Tyee (British Columbia)
Aug 24, 2017
Rating: A- -- My first Bhutanese (Bhutanian?) film, it's a coming-to-America tale, filled with lovely clichés that are overwritten by a strong sense of authenticity. Full Review
Film Scouts
Jun 21, 2007
Rating: B+ -- A colorful and witty work that doesn't preach so much as gently nudge us to consider the wonders of our existence. Full Review
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mar 3, 2005

Product Description:

Writer-director Khyentse Norbu, who scored an international hit with the 1999 drama THE CUP (PHORPA), about Tibetan refugees obsessed with watching the World Cup soccer finals, returns to his homeland to make the remarkably charming and engaging TRAVELLERS & MAGICIANS, the first feature-length film to be made completely within the Kingdom of Bhutan. Norbu, who worked with Bernardo Bertolucci on 1997's LITTLE BUDDHA, is believed to be His Eminence Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, an incarnate lama, and he infuses TRAVELLERS & MAGICIANS with a thoughtful and contemplative Buddhist mind-set. Tshewang Dendup stars as Dondup, a young, impatient cigarette smoker from the city who has stopped by the small, remote village of Chendebji on his way to America, where he can't wait to make lots of money. But as he sets out on his long journey, he misses his bus and must try to hitch a ride down the mountain on the nearly deserted roads. He is soon joined by an old apple picker (Ap Dochu), a monk who plays the dramyin (Sonam Kinga), a rice-paper maker (Dasho Adab Sangye), and the rice-paper maker's college-age daughter (Sonam Lhamo). As they wait for rides, the monk begins relating a story about a magic student, Tashi (Lhakpa Dorji), who doesn't believe in magic and would rather start making money in the corporate world. But his brother, Karma (Namgay Dorjee), who does believe, concocts a plan that soon has Tashi stranded in the middle of the forest with a bitter old man (Gomchen Penjore) and his beautiful, much-younger wife, Deki (Deki Yangzom). Norbu magnificently intertwines the two stories, creating an enchanting, unforgettable film that is filled with heart, hope, and humor.


Production Notes:

  • The language of the film is Dzongkha with English subtitles.
  • Thetrical Release: JANUARY 28, 2005 (NY)

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