Sun Beaten Path

This superb debut feature by the cinematographer of Pema Tseden's last two films, The Search and Old Dog, suggests that the New Tibetan Cinema is upon us. It's a sort of road movie, focused on Nyma, an obviously disturbed young man who's traveling from Lhasa back to his isolated home near Golmud. Nyma's arduous journey through guilt and grief is also, of course, a spiritual journey: a search for understanding about life and death. Sonthar Gyal (who dedicates the film to his late father) had a nomadic upbringing before teaching art and studying film. He learned his lessons well, including the life lessons.

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