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Milarepa

Director: Neten Chokling

Country:  Bhutan

Year of Production:  2008

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Synopsis

His path to enlightenment began with revenge...

In his directorial debut, Buddhist lama Neten Chokling vividly presents the captivating story of Milarepa, the man who would become Tibet’s greatest yogi.

In the dramatic setting of 11th century Tibet - a time of roaming sourcerers and yogis, according to Buddhist legend - a youthful Milarepa is propelled into a world of sorrow and betrayal after his father's sudden death. Destitute and hopeless, he sets out to learn black magic - and exact revenge on his enemies. But it is in confrontation with the consequences of his anger that he learns the most.

Filmed on the breathtakingly scenic Indo-Tibetan border, with Tibetan monks serving as most of the cast and crew, and from the Producer of THE CUP and TRAVELERS AND MAGICIANS, MILAREPA offers a provocative parallel to the cycle of violence and retribution we see consuming today's world.

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Cast

Starring:  Jamyang Lodro

Credits

Director: Neten Chokling

Writer(s):  Neten Chokling, Tenzing Choyang Gyari

Producers:  Raymond Steiner

Editor:  Suzy Elmiger, ACE

Cinematographer:  Paul J. Warren

Production Details

Country:  Bhutan

Year of Production:  2008

Language:  Tibetan

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  90 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

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Genre(s): 

  • Drama

DVD Release Date:  25th January 2010

Reviews

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"a gorgeously shot, gently told parable, carefully walking the very thin line separating didacticism and entertainment"

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE

NEW YORK SUN

"Milarepa subordinates Western-style filmmaking to Eastern wisdom, with modest, unforced charm and narrative thrift"

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NEW YORK SUN

NEW YORK MAGAZINE

"An intriguing mixture of spiritual didacticism and old-school historical entertainment"

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NEW YORK MAGAZINE

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