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Travelers and Magicians

Released Dec 31, 2004 1h 47m Drama List
93% Tomatometer 61 Reviews 83% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Bored with life in his tiny village, Dondup (Tsewang Dandup), a Bhutanese official infatuated with American culture, dreams of visiting the United States. On the road to Thimphu, a major city where he hopes to obtain a visa, Dondup befriends a mismatched group of travelers, including a monk (Sonam Kinga). As the trip proceeds, the monk tells his new friends about Tashi (Lhakpa Dorji), a fictional young man whose dissatisfaction leads to his undoing. Read More Read Less

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Interwined tales of spiritual discovery are set against a gorgeous, evocative landscape in this pleasant, engaging import.

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Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel Pretty enough, but one kind of hopes for a little magic in a movie with "magicians" in its title. Rated: 2/5 Apr 29, 2005 Full Review Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News It's a leisurely yet resonant film that reinforces the power of cinematic storytelling. Rated: B+ Apr 7, 2005 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle The Himalayan scenery, majestic mountains, and verdant valleys are as breathtaking and well-shot as one could hope for. Rated: 3/5 Mar 20, 2005 Full Review Siddhant Adlakha Slashfilm 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. Jul 12, 2019 Full Review Dorothy Woodend The Tyee (British Columbia) This is a film infused with easy joy, the happiness of sitting in the sun and eating an apple. Aug 24, 2017 Full Review John A. Nesbit Old School Reviews For Norbu, filmmaking has become his form of thangka painting Rated: B Oct 18, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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david l Travellers and Magicians deals with the question of whether or not grass really is greener on the other side. It approaches this eternal struggle with an open mind and it only solidifies the difficulty in this decision with that strongly ambiguous ending. The episodic structure was problematic here and that tale being told at the center of the movie took too much screen time from the main storyline, but still the film is nuanced, thematically rich and even spiritual in its tone. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member An exceptionally convincing advertisement for Bhutan. Two incredibly anti-climactic stories. "Pleasant and often beautiful." "Refreshingly quiet and thoughtful." "It's a leisurely yet resonant film that reinforces the power of cinematic storytelling." "For Norbu, filmmaking has become his form of thangka painting" Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent !! I love it. The mix between the recent and the past time it's marvellously done in that movie and make sense! The images are beautiful. I like Asiatic Characters.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member S L O W!!!! Beautiful scenery...great wisdom tidbits....but very very S L O W Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member 'Travellers & Magicians' is a beautiful spiritual journey that every film lover has to take....:) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member go, bhutanese cinema, go ** Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Bored with life in his tiny village, Dondup (Tsewang Dandup), a Bhutanese official infatuated with American culture, dreams of visiting the United States. On the road to Thimphu, a major city where he hopes to obtain a visa, Dondup befriends a mismatched group of travelers, including a monk (Sonam Kinga). As the trip proceeds, the monk tells his new friends about Tashi (Lhakpa Dorji), a fictional young man whose dissatisfaction leads to his undoing.
Director
Khyentse Norbu
Producer
Raymond Steiner, Malcolm Watson
Screenwriter
Khyentse Norbu
Distributor
Zeitgeist Films
Production Co
Prayer Flag Pictures
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Dzongkha
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 31, 2004, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 11, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
$505.3K
Runtime
1h 47m
Sound Mix
Dolby Digital
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