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  • Summary: Set among the exile community in India, this exploration of the contemporary reality of Tibet has resonances beyond just the Tibetan experience; it touches upon the larger questions of cultural identity, dislocation and loss that are very much a part of today's post-modern world. (HanWay Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    A sensitive if literal-minded tale that demonstrates how Tibet's national identity is of a piece with its spiritual heart.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's a Tibetan film -- a rare thing -- made by Tibetans, starring Tibetans, and set in the increasingly desperate exile community of Dharamsala .
  3. A static and awkward effort that never quite comes to life.
  4. The script is undone by confusing romantic developments, a convoluted murder mystery and a facile and maudlin resolution.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    A fine example of how feature films can be used to deliver urgent political messages, but as drama, it doesn’t quite work.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Primped for easy American consumption, this clunkily performed and staged drama concerns a filmmaker's agenda to document Tibetan oppression under Chinese occupation. This becomes spurious pretext for a rather flat Nancy Drew adventure.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    A minor and forgettable bore.