Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: Himalaya–L’Enfance D’Un Chef
Alternate title: Caravan
France/United Kingdom/Switzerland/Nepal, 1999. Galatée Films, France 2 Cinéma, Les Productions de la Guéville, Les Productions JMH, Antelope Films, National Studio Limited, Bac Films, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, British Screen Productions, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe, Télévision Suisse-Romande, La Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma, Procirep, European Script Fund, European Co-production Fund. Writers Nathalie Azoulai, Olivier Dazat, Louis Gardel, Jean-Claude Guillebaud, Screenplay by Eric Valli. Cinematography by Eric Guichard, Jean-Paul Meurisse. Produced by Christophe Barratier, Jacques Perrin. Music by Bruno Coulais. Production Design by Jerome Krowicki. Costume Design by Michel Debats, Karma Tensing. Film Editing by Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte. Academy Awards 1999. Toronto International Film Festival 1999.
Gorgeously photographed triptych of the beautiful mountainsides of Tibet, centering on the story of nomadic saltmen who brave harsh weather, a devastating climate and feuds between families to carry their salt to where they must sell it and bring back provisions for their homes. Eric Valli has definitely done a superb job of capturing a culture at its most true and raw, but the plot moves quite slowly and methodically which might be a turn-off for some.