The journey on foot of a group of Tibetans on a 1200 km pilgrimage to Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet. As the Buddhist faith requires, they prostrate themselves every few steps, making their long walk an act of utmost religious devotion.
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Taking part at this pilgrimage is a fascinating and sometimes meditative experience, underlined by the changing landscape during the months of the journey. Some shots are spectacular. Zhang Yang's way of being near to the persons without disturbing their daily routine is very intriguing.
I really liked the photography even if sometimes the landscapes don't seem very natural because of the satured light. The religious songs were haunting and very well used in the movie. But I would like to criticate this feel of time that we don't perceive very well in the movie. We see the distance, but the time isn't expressed that well. Maybe that was the point, to show that time doesn't exist in that kind travel.
Not many movies make your knees and bach ache, but this one can.
This is a movie about a group of very tough and humble people who won't give up on the way to their formidable goal. The lighting and of course the landscape - when we get to see above the road - are beautiful. The pacing, which is slow because it has to be, seems right.
This movie is a long journey... much like the people in the movie who go on an incredibly long pilgrimage
It goes on for long shots of the pilgrims walking and kow-towing. It's very serene and almost ceremonial, and EXTREMELY beautiful to watch. So many lovely shots of the country, landscapes and unique views of this land.
It's a meditative watch... almost spiritual in itself.
A mesmerising visual and transcendent voyage through the life and death of all of us, really. It should remind us all that nothing is permanent. The walking meditation is a feat of a lifetime for them. Excellent.
Der Film beschämt die selbstvergessenen und egozentrischen Pilgererlebnisse Europas a la Jakobsweg. Nicht für einen selbst nehmen die ProtagonistInnen die Mühsal des Pilgerns auf sich, sondern für die Anderen, in tiefer Hingabe. Aber: die beobachtende Kamera verändert wohl die Pilgerfahrt ganz essentiell, bedient den Exotismus der "Ersten Welt" und schielt in seiner Inszenierung auf den Effekt auf die Zuschauer.