My first Tibetan film. Dir. Pema Tseden is the master of fixed or planimetric long-take. Sometimes funny, sometimes loose, sometimes sublime, sometimes pathetic. First part like Kafka (but humorous), Second part like Alonso, Third part PEMA TSEDEN. Great film.
A masterpiece. A character-piece about a Tibetan sheep-herder. It moves very slow but this is necessary to the particular story's development. The director likes to keep rolling on people who are doing mundane tasks; the director has used this to develop the characters through micro-interactions.
The lead-actor deserved an Academy award, his performance is intricate and subtle. The cinematography is also incredible
Quite a deeply rich character study.
As fascinating as the actors are, the director has framed most of the movie long single takes. He sets the camera up and just lets it go as the actors play out their scenes. It is surprisingly effective, and kind of reminiscent of Philippines director Lav Diaz's style.
Regardless, it's extremely well done and the movie packs an unexpected emotional wallop. Very nice.
Beautiful, quietly witty, poetic: This movie kept surprising me, and I loved that I couldn't see where it was going. The long takes, as mentioned, are bold and full of life. Slow pacing does not equal boring. The hair cutting scene alone is worth the price of admission.
Fantastic still frames and completely natural acting. This is a masterpiece. Maybe its slow rhythm is not for everyone but it should be considered a classic or a piece of anthology. Black and white adds an intimate dimension that is difficult to convey otherwise. Highly recommended!