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- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 31, 2013
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Kino Lorber
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Audio commentary by director Éric Valli
- A 26-minute "making of" documentary
- Electronic press kit
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Tibetan
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Tibetan
- DTS - Tibetan
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Eric Valli|
|Edited by||Marie-Josephe Yoyotte|
|Screenwriting by||Eric Guichard & Olivier Dazat|
|Composition by||Bruno Coulais|
|Produced by||Christophe Barratier & Jacques Perrin|
|Director of Photography:||Jean-Paul Meurisse|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"This salt's mixed with earth!"
- Tinle (Thinlen Lhondup) to Karma (Gurgon Kyap) upon the salt caravan returning with Tinle's dead son.
"When he shouts, men and beasts bow their heads and walk."
- Pema (Lhapka Tsamchoe) to Norbou (Karma Tenzing Nyima Lama), referring to Tinle's (Thinlen Lhondup) leadership of the caravan.
...Exquisitely filmed....Stunning vistas and some witty and affecting moments...
New York Times
Rating: B- -- As a travelogue ... this peaceful film by French director Eric Valli ... is pretty in a respectful, National Geographic sort of way. Full Review
Rating: 4.5/5 -- A visually poetic, moving story.
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Valli's touch as an artist is too light, and his dramatic sense too timid, to make the film much more than a collection of pretty pictures.
Rating: A -- A truly magnificent and authentic Nepalese film... Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The camera showcases the beauty of the Himalayas as well as telling a moving story of power, pride and cultural change.
...[A] peaceful film....Pretty in a respectful, 'National Geographic' sort of way, tuneful with a pasteurized world beat, and momentarily even a true cliff-hanger...
It is caravan time in Dolpo, high in the Himalayas of Nepal. The villagers must trek for days across the mountains with laden yaks to trade their salt for grain. But when Karma (Gurgon Kyap) returns to the village with the body of Lhakpa, leader of the caravan and son of the old chief Tinle (Thinlen Lhondup), the new chief blames Karma for the death, and will not allow him to lead in Lhakpa's place. Though Tinle's grandson, Tserin (Karma Wangiel), is far too young to lead the tribe, Tinle simply renames him Passang--a chief's name--and prepares him to lead the caravan. Karma challenges Tinle, threatening to take away the yaks, Lhakpa's widow Pema (Lhapka Tsamchoe), and Passang before the day that the caravan begins. Old Tinle in turn visits the monastery to gather his son, Norbou (Karma Tenzing Nyima Lama), a frescoe-painting monk, to join him on the caravan. But Norbou refuses to join his father, and Tinle returns to the village to discover that Karma has left early, taking most of the caravaneers with him. Tinle, Pema, Passang, the late-arriving Norbou, and the old men of the village leave on the scheduled day, and leading their own caravan in an effort to end the rivalry that threatens every resident of Dolpo.
- Theatrical release: June 22, 2001
- The excellent sound design for HIMALAYA was recorded by Denis Guilhem and Denis Martin.
- HIMALAYA was nominated for the 2000 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
- HIMALAYA was awarded the César for Best Cinematography and Best Original Music.
The Dolpo region of Nepal, where HIMALAYA was filmed on location, is located in the Northwest Himalayas.
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