views updated

Himalaya ★★★ Himalaya - L'Enfance d'un Chef; Himalaya - The Youth of a Chief; Caravan 1999

The age-old struggle of generations deciding between tradition and progress plays itself out once more against the spectacular scenery of the Tibetan mountains. Although the story is nothing new, the film gives a detailed look into a traditional lifestyle that is fast dying out, using non-professional actors, location shooting, and not an ounce of special effects. A bit of the film's grandeur is lost on the small screen, but it is still breathtaking. 104m/C VHS, DVD . FR SI GB Thinlen Lhondup, Karma Wangiel, Lhakpa Tsamchoe; D: Eric Valli; W: Eric Valli, Olivier Dazat; C: Eric Guichard, Jean-Paul Meurisse; M: Bruno Coulais.